Healthcare Articles

Can't wait to see the doctor? You have choices

There are several options for medical care when you can’t see your doctor: emergency rooms for life-threatening emergencies and serious injuries; urgent-care clinics for less serious infections, injuries, and tests; and retail clinics for minor problems. (Locked) More »

The dollars and sense of long-term care

Most people will need some type of long-term care, but many people don’t plan for it. That pushes off decisions to family members, who might not make the decisions a person would have wanted. Types of long-term care include private-duty care at home, adult day care centers, assisted living, and nursing homes. It helps to work with legal and financial planners to determine now what type of long-term care will be wanted and how to pay for it. More »

How to be a savvy hospital shopper

To choose the best hospital, men should start by asking for a recommendation from their physicians. Also ask friends, family, and co-workers. Sample multiple types of information, including national hospital rankings and hospital websites. Medicare and other organizations allow you to obtain information on hospital quality of care, although the measurements can be difficult for nonexperts to understand. Teaching hospitals often provide above-average quality of care. (Locked) More »

Medicare covers lung cancer screening

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) covers lung cancer screening for people who meet certain criteria and seek the service at a qualified center. To be covered, a man would need to see his primary care doctor to be counseled on the pros and cons of screening and get referred to a qualified center for the testing. Screening is still available outside of Medicare but may not offer the same quality of follow-up for suspicious findings. Most findings don’t turn out to be cancer, but follow-up testing comes with potential complications, such as infection after needle biopsy of the lung. (Locked) More »

New year, new approach to health care

Thousands of family medicine practices are adopting a new model of health care delivery called a patient-centered medical home (PCMH). The PCMH turns a doctor’s practice into a physician-led team that makes a point to get to know patients, develop long-term treatment plans for them, focus on prevention, educate patients about health goals, and coordinate care with other specialists if necessary. The team must be available to patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Holding the team accountable to these high standards are several national accreditation programs that provide certifications and keep track of a PCMH’s progress. More »

What the Affordable Care Act means for you

The rollout of the government’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) is expected to have a minimal effect on women who are on Medicare, or who are covered under their employer’s—or their partner’s employer’s—health plan. The ACA will provide women with additional covered health services, including well-woman visits and screenings for breast, cervical, and colon cancers. (Locked) More »

Getting your doctor to listen

Increasing time pressures, growing patient loads, and fears of malpractice lawsuits have forced many doctors to resort to a practice of “cookbook medicine,” according to Drs. Leana Wen and Joshua Kosowsky, emergency physicians at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Rather than listening to patients’ personal health stories and concerns, doctors put them through a barrage of tests based on their main symptom. In their new book, When Doctors Don’t Listen, Drs. Wen and Kosowsky teach patients how to be better advocates for their own health. (Locked) More »


As medical knowledge has become greater, doctors have formed various specialties. In addition, other health professional fields have been created. Here is some information about physician specialists, and other specialists, and what they do. Physicians that choose to train for a specialty complete additional training. After (typically) 4 years of medical school, they go on to internship and residency, which can take anywhere from 1-5 years (depending on the kind of residency training). Then, they go on for still more training in a specialty, which adds several more years. After completing training in a specialty, physicians take examinations to become "board-certified" in their specialty. Many of these subspecialties have formal certification requirements. Those who have certificates in subspecialties (such as cardiology) were first certified in a specialty (such as internal medicine).  More »