Position: Rural Health News Service

Patient-centered care shouldn’t be just a slogan

Recently I heard from a woman in rural Nebraska who told me about her 76-year old father, who in late April had a lemon-size cancerous mass removed from his brain. The man chose to have his...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

Drug prices keep rising with no end in sight

Recently a tweet from Lauren Sausser, a fine health reporter I know in South Carolina, caught my eye. “Crazy drug prices became personal. My dad will start Keytruda regimen on Friday, $15,000 per...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

Hospitals may get accredited even with poor, unsafe care

Earlier this year an Illinois woman sent an email telling me of the poor care her husband received at a large Chicago hospital. After six weeks of fighting for his life, he died. “I wish you could...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

Drug proposal is a solution for a non-existing problem

This fall, the House of Representatives is likely to take up legislation passed by the Senate that gives terminally ill patients the right to try unproven, experimental drugs that are not yet on...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

Rural people will have fewer insurance choices next year

As Obamacare approaches its fifth sign-up season, policyholders in many parts of the country are facing a marketplace with fewer choices and higher premiums. A New York Times analysis has found...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

‘Breakthrough’ drug might work best for marketers

A story in The Guardian, a British news outlet that has a publishing arm in the U.S., grabbed my attention. The headline read, “Treatments for cancers and Alzheimer’s on the verge of a...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Patient care shouldn’t be just a slogan

Recently I heard from a woman in rural Nebraska who told me about her 76-year old father, who in late April had a lemon-size cancerous mass removed from his brain. The man chose to have his...

DATE: June 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

Elderly may see drastic cuts in Medicaid, Medicare

Older Americans may be in for a rough ride if the changes Washington politicians are considering come to pass. Because good, explanatory journalism is in short supply and TV shouting matches don’t...

DATE: June 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hospitals are penalized for harming patients

Anyone facing a hospital stay should look at new data the government released right before Christmas showing that it penalized 769 of the nation’s hospitals for having high rates of patient...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

What you need to know about choosing insurance

Even though the election is over and Republicans are in a position to repeal and replace Obamacare, that doesn’t mean you should avoid signing up for 2017 insurance coverage. If you’re eligible and...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Living

Look at fine print before choosing a Medicare option

Get ready to make some decisions. Medicare open enrollment begins Oct. 15 and runs through early December. It’s the time when seniors and disabled people can switch plans to cover gaps in...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Living

Help for hearing loss is often unaffordable

Nearly two-thirds of adults over age 70 have hearing loss that doctors consider “clinically meaningful.” In plain English that means as people age, they are likely to become hard of hearing. Many...

DATE: July 27, 2016 | CATEGORY: Living