Posts Tagged - ‘children’s health’

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HMO Health Insurance Turns Off Pediatricians

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

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A recent essay in Newsweek discusses the plight of pediatricians. They are the first primary care physician most people have, and good health care as a child is one of the best ways to improve adult outcomes.

Unfortunately, managed care has caused many pediatricians to quit their jobs. The stress of fighting with managed care health insurance for reimbursement of their services gets to be too much. Justifying essential care to corporate bureaucracy ruined the joy of their practice.

When HMO health insurance providers decide to cut their reimbursement rates, pediatricians are forced to fill their days with more patients, which leads to longer wait times. Health insurance reform, which adds more patients to the rolls, may make the situation even worse.

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Health Insurance To Fight Childhood Obesity?

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

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The House of Representatives recently released a list of over 70 recommendations intended to reduce the childhood obesity epidemic, upon First Lady Michelle Obama’s request.

One of their recommendations is that family health insurance plans cover the prevention and treatment of obesity in children. Reducing the percentage of overweight and obese children is predicted to save our health care system up to $150 billion annually.

Services these health insurance providers could offer include visits to a nutritionist (with no or nominal co-payment), counseling, and tips on exercise and other forms of healthy living.

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