It’s no secret that most Americans pay a lot for nearly any kind of medical care, but a close look at factors that are driving higher health care prices in the U.S. reveals more about why medical care is so expensive these days. One element that you may not think about is health care fraud and how it impacts you.
The Cost of Fraud
Reports from health care experts show that Americans may be paying up to $80 billion per year because of health care fraud. That’s out of 2 trillion dollars spent annually, including a federal Medicare program that is estimated to be worth about $450 billion, with 44 million beneficiaries on the books.
Government entitlement programs contribute quite a bit to the problem – not necessarily because of the programs themselves but because of the abuse by disreputable providers. Because of the unique reimbursement rules for these programs, many dishonest providers are able to simply bill Medicare and another government entitlement program, Medicaid, for services and goods that were never actually provided to patients.
What is the Government’s Response?
Even though the government has been prosecuting more medical companies and practices, and has recovered over $10 billion for …
When most people think of information technology (IT) specialists they think of the stereotypical image of bespectacled video-game fanatics working in the basements of large corporations, hard to get a hold of and nearly impossible to have a normal conversation with. But in today’s technologically-advancing world, having IT training can give almost any kind of professional specialist an edge in their careers. IT can come in handy in some areas of industry that are less likely to come to mind than web design companies, telecommunications businesses and software engineering.
The health sciences is one industry where any ability to improve the functioning of its specialists is critically useful When it comes to saving lives, curing illness and healing physical injury, we should be sparing no expense and reserving no new technology from helping out our doctors, nurses and healthcare specialists. This is why many schools are putting more and more of an emphasis on computer training and information technology.
The internet is an excellent resource not only for people, but for hospitals researching new equipment and medicines, doctors sharing the results of their studies, and nurses looking to widen the scope of their skills. It is a living encyclopedia subjected …
Most developed nations are experiencing a demographic shift. This shift is caused by the constant rise in the aging population without enough increase in the number of births. Because of this, more elderly are in need of care. The demand for personal home-based services for older people is expected to remain high for about fifty more years. Graduating from aged care courses can offer a promising career ahead of you.
Courses that care for the elderly require adequate knowledge, skills, and training because of their special needs. Hospitals and other health care institutions find it hard to find competent people they can trust, which is why once you get hired, your employers take good care of you. They offer great compensation and benefits for you to stay at their institution. You also have promising working conditions because this industry is supported by both the government and private institutions to protect the welfare and lives of citizens.
This career is also suited for persons who are looking for excellent job satisfaction. For most individuals, work is not just for the purpose of financial stability. People look for that “sweet spot” where they could find a career that allows them to do …
Have you ever felt like you were running in circles, but never seem to get anywhere? Perhaps, you feel as though you are too tired or simply too busy to take care of yourself. Do you work hard, but rarely find time to play? This seems to be a growing problem in today’s technologically advanced society.
As a result, the need for qualified personal trainers is growing at an alarming rate.
Traditionally, this was a job set aside mainly for exercise enthusiasts – things have changed considerably.
Personal trainers can now offer basic “counselling” or guidance services alongside diet and exercise regimes. They are no longer focused solely on improving the body, they also focus on healing the mind, body and spirit trough special relaxation and stress relieving techniques.
In the past, individuals seeking to simply alleviate stress often had to seek the services of medical professionals. This was costly and time consuming. This is no longer the case for certain low risk medical and stress related conditions. In many cases Doctors may even suggest using a personal trainer to help control minor symptoms.
Personal trainers can help individuals with many minor medical issues through diet, exercise and self esteem …
Isn’t travelling stressful? I have done more of it in the past few days than is normal for me. I flew back from my holiday and all which that entails, coach transfers, sitting around in small airports with tacky or overpriced shops and nothing much to do except eat Pringles. Just a few days later I am on a bit of a road trip which has required me to use the M25 and various other Southern motorways, at breakfast time, in the rain. It’s been a little slow.
Stress creeps up on us in unexpected places but it also visits us because we invite it to, expect it to. Stuck in a traffic jam is such an occasion for many of us. We expect to get stuck, we do get stuck and we anticipate the stress that inevitably befalls us.
On the radio this morning, following news of a motorway closure and subsequent 20 mile tailbacks, the cheerful announcer said soothingly “if you’re stuck in that lot, we share your pain”. Well, apart from the fact that he almost certainly didn’t, why is it that traffic delays are always a cause for frustration, disgruntlement and annoyance? I wonder if there …