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  • Relief from medical debt doesn't top the typical holiday wish list. But help with unexpected medical bills could be a welcome gift for millions of Americans. Four in 10 U.S. adults received a surprisingly high medical invoice within the last year, according to a September survey from the nonprofit Kaiser Family...
  • Twenty years ago, George Zeppenfeldt-Cestero left his job as a hospital administrator in New York to open a one-person health care consulting firm. Since he was losing his employee medical coverage, he shopped around and bought a private health insurance plan through Aetna. It was expensive, with premiums starting at...
  • TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In-home services such as help with household chores and caregiver respite will be available to seniors with private Medicare Advantage plans in more than 20 states next year. A health-related reason is needed to qualify, and costs will vary depending on the plan. With some...
  • TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Despite evidence to the contrary, four in 10 Americans believe alternative therapies can cure cancer, a new survey finds. Research shows that cancer death rates are much higher among patients who use only alternative therapies than among those who receive standard cancer...
  • WASHINGTON — When the annual open enrollment period begins in a few days, consumers across the country will have more choices under the Affordable Care Act, but fewer sources of unbiased advice and assistance to guide them through the labyrinth of health insurance. The Trump administration has opened the door to...
  • As America’s baby boomers are hitting 65 at a rate of 10,000 a day, and healthier lifestyles are keeping them in their homes longer, demand is escalating for a little talked-about — yet critical — health care-related job: Transporting people to and from nonemergency medical appointments. “It’s going to become a...
  • As people across the country receive new, safer Medicare cards in the mail, advocates are warning about fraudulent callers who try to dupe people into paying money or divulging personal information. The government is gradually replacing Medicare cards for the 60 million people covered by the federal health plan....
  • (Reuters Health) - U.S. doctors must realize that many cancer patients battle "financial toxicity" along with their disease, researchers say. The costs associated with treatment, even for those with insurance, often create hardship and distress, according to a new study in the journal Cancer, July 23. After surveying...
  • NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Palliative-care consultations are associated with reduced direct hospital costs for adults with serious illness, according to a meta-analysis. "Previous studies have often found that patterns of treatment for the sickest people, and especially those at end of life, are immutable," Dr. Peter...
  • Reuters Health - Cancer survivors who face a higher financial burden with their treatment and recovery tend to report lower quality of life and higher distress, a new study shows. High cancer costs affect patients physically, mentally, economically and socially, the study authors wrote in the Journal of Oncology...
  • TUESDAY, Oct. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The high cost of cancer care in the United States has led more than one-quarter of patients to cut back on some part of their treatment, a new survey reveals. Commissioned by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the report found that 27 percent of cancer...
  • A cancer diagnosis brings a lot of worries with it. One of the biggest — and least discussed — is money.  Even if you have good insurance, all those co-pays add up — to say nothing of the time you might miss from work, the clothes you may need to buy as your body changes, and the extra help with housework or childcare...
  • If you’re dealing with cancer, you know there’s a lot of treatment information to gather and track. It’s easy to become overwhelmed. How can you figure out what information you really need — and how do you organize it all? Here’s a step-by-step plan to help you create a system for keeping it organized. Once you have...