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New algorithms capping the quantities of controlled substances a pharmacy can sell in a month are “disrupting patient care.”
Consumers cannot assume that every medical or dental device sold in the U.S. has been proven to be effective, or even safe.
As a cost-cutting measure, “doctors are disappearing from emergency rooms.”
Patients piece together ways to afford costly “miracle drugs.”
“It’s bystander CPR that’s improving the survival rate of cardiac arrest, not in-hospital CPR.”
Aggressive collection practices “are commonplace among all types of hospitals in all regions of the country” even though in many cases patients should qualify for hospital financial assistance.
Clients of investor-backed digital mental health companies report being “badly matched or encounter[ing] unprofessional therapists.”
The hospice movement has been “transformed… into an industry rife with fraud and exploitation.”
Patients are being “routed into financing plans that require substantial interest payments” rather than the interest-free plans historically offered by medical providers.
In a “Medicare Advantage trade-off” beneficiaries may spend less on premiums and receive extra perks, but lose access to specialists and prompt care.
Insurance broker commission rates “tend to be much more favorable to those selling MA [Medicare Advantage] plans to first-time enrollees” than rates for selling plans supplementing traditional Medicare.
Medicare Advantage Plans may limit skilled nursing facility stays to fewer days that original Medicare would allow.
Staff at a hospital system were trained to “wring money out of patients,” including patients entitled to free care.
Routine births are being re-labeled as “money-making emergency events.”
A “celebrated surgeon” whose “face appeared in advertisements and news articles” has one of the worst surgical malpractice records in the U.S.
Prenatal screening tests are marketed as “reliable” and “highly accurate,” but results predicting certain rare disorders are usually incorrect.
A drug industry campaign for an aggressive diabetes treatment goal has been accompanied by “an epidemic of hypoglycemia.”
In most states, consumers with commercial insurance face high bills for out-of-network ambulance services.