With huge expenses mounting because of her husband’s Alzheimer’s Disease, San Francisco Bay Area resident Linda Winter depends on the medical tax deduction to alleviate some of that pain. She and others in the same situation were stunned by the Republican proposal to eliminate that deduction.
A new, souped-up ambulance cruising Santa Monica could improve the odds of recovery for stroke patients.
A new report from Artemis Medical Society and the Greenlining Institute concludes that discrimination and lack of support plague minority women entering the medical field.
Volunteer retired physicians use telemedicine to offer specialty consults to patients, and guidance and support to community health providers, especially new physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners.
As the complicated drama of federal health care reform continues, some patients in California face a far more basic problem: getting timely access to to a primary care doctor.
Outside of the Golden State’s major metropolitan areas such as the cities of San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego it is increasingly difficult for people to get access to general primary medical care.
Despite repeated Republican-led Congressional efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and President Donald Trump declaring on Tuesday that Obamacare is “virtually dead,” California’s health insurance exchange is still very much open for business.
Cal MediConnect was intended to help seniors who qualify for MediCal and Medicare. The California Department of Health Care Services expected the program to be a hit. It wasn’t. As of last July, only 28 percent of eligible people were enrolled in Cal MediConnect.
Senators Lamar Alexander, a Republican of Tennessee, and Patty Murray, a Democrat of Washington, reached a deal Tuesday to fund the subsidies for two years. That deal needs a Congressional vote to be approved but even if it falls through, low-income residents in California will still be unaffected.
When Jackie called her assigned primary-care physician for the first time, she was told that her doctor was a specialist, not a primary care physician. She would need to see someone else, they informed her. Jackie then called her insurance company, and asked for help finding another doctor. Armed with a list from the insurance company, Jackie tried again, calling a doctor in the insurer’s directory. But, she recounted, “the receptionist said, ‘He’s not taking anybody and we’ve been trying to get off the list for three years.’”
Research has long suggested that the quality of health care in the United States differs depending on a patient’s race. A new study suggests that gap affects even the youngest of patients, newborns in California’s Neo-Natal Intensive Care Units.