Healthcare Firm pays Big Bucks for Breach

A data breach can slug below the belt and knock a healthcare business flat on its back, as was the case with Columbia University and the New York and Presbyterian Hospital....more

Healthcare Data under Attack

Crooks want your health information. Why?It’s called medical identity theft, and it’s not going away too soon. In fact, the ACA (Affordable Care Act) has only fueled the situation, says the Ponemon Institute, a security research firm....more

Health Care Information Breaches rise

Medical errors can also mean medical identity theft—accounting for 43 percent of all 2013 identity theft in the U.S., says the Identity Theft Resource Center. Medical identity theft kicks other forms of ID theft to the curb: banking, finance, government, military and education....more

Minimalism + Compassion = Healthcare for All

I usually stay away from politics here on SMART Living, but for an obvious reason healthcare is on my mind this week.  But let me be clear, I don’t think that healthcare is or should be a political issue.  Instead, our health and its care are two issues that touch every single human on the planet—including those of us who practice simple living or minimalism....more

The Role Of The Doctor: Pharmacist Or Therapist?

Recently, I led a teleclass with Dr. ...more
As you mention most doctors don't have much time when it comes to spending time with their ...more

I Am Pregnant and Uninsured in America

My health insurance ran out on December 31st. The nice lady with Cigna quoted me in the ballpark of $750 a month to maintain my insurance through COBRA for 3 months, which wouldn't have gotten me to my due date. No insurance company will take me because pregnancy is considered a pre-existing condition. Like cancer. Not that it matters, since I can't afford self-pay coverage, anyway. Any plan I can afford has a deductible so high that if I did find myself in a situation in which I needed to use the health insurance, I'd go bankrupt, so, in the end, I don't see the point....more
I just found out i'm pregnant, and I need to know that there's a part 2 to this...I'd love to ...more

I'll Pay More For A Pizza

The fundamental premise of this essay is this, and if you don’t agree, then none of the words that come after these will make sense to you or sway you to my position: Health is a right, not a privilege.So if you’re with me there, then perhaps you’ll find something useful in the next several paragraphs. My position, founded on the statement above, is honed in 20 years health care experience that includes working as provider in a country that operates a “socialized medicine” model....more
@in_mandyland I remember a month when my children's medication were $600 I did not know what I ...more

Answering the Proverbial Political Question

 “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?”It’s a simple question, which is why political strategists on any side like to use it in every election – whether a candidate is running for mayor or president. But, as I pondered it over the past two weeks during the conventions, I learned it’s not always a simple answer.Four years ago I was working as a news editor for a major cable television network in Manhattan. I was in the process of looking at houses in an upstate New York neighborhood where I had always wanted to live....more
Yes, I am better off than I was four years ago.  Mostly because of personal reasons having ...more

Unemployment and Health Care

Snoozefest, right? Or, at the very least something we all take for granted. However, the possibility of being uninsured should be enough to get, not just into your gut but into your bones and your dreams at night (if you can sleep). At the end of this month my COBRA will expire....more
Holy crap - $5,000/month? That is INSANE.   Great post - information I'll pass along to people ...more

Is Getting Sick Like Being Raped?

A patient I saw recently, who has been sick on and off for the past 16 years, spent the better part of the past two years in the hospital, under the knife, and once released, shuttling between doctor’s appointments. At one point she broke down in tears and said, “It was an assault. It was like being raped.”And I found myself tearing up while silently witnessing the confession she had just made....more