Make up an ambulance ride, and bill the tax payer. According to the Associated Press, Medicare paid $30 million for ambulance rides… which have no records that any patients got medical care at their destination, no record of the place where they were picked up, and lack other critical information. The mystery ambulance rides are […]
So long, malaria?
LONDON (AP) — Malaria could be wiped out by 2040, despite the lack of an effective vaccine, previous failed attempts to eradicate the disease and drug resistance problems, the United Nations and Microsoft founder Bill Gates said in a report released on Monday. Gates and Ray Chambers, the U.N. secretary-general’s special envoy for malaria, said […]
Gene test finds which breast cancer patients can skip chemo
Many women with early-stage breast cancer can skip chemotherapy without hurting their odds of beating the disease — good news from a major study that shows the value of a gene-activity test to gauge each patient’s risk. The test accurately identified a group of women whose cancers are so likely to respond to hormone-blocking drugs […]
Outrage! Feds targeting whistleblowers for protecting veterans
Whistleblowers from Veterans Affairs facilities across the country call the VA’s Office of Inspector General a “joke” and say the agency continues to retaliate against them despite repeated pledges to stop punishing those who speak up. The whistleblowers told a Senate committee Tuesday that the VA has failed to hold employees accountable more than a […]
World Health Organization and their deadly decisions on the Ebola outbreaks
The chlorine was expired. The protective gear was missing. And the red tape was so thick that responders fighting last year’s Ebola outbreak had trouble getting approval for boots and buckets. The 2014 Ebola epidemic pitted a lethal virus against barely-there health systems, and it was always going to be deadly. But an Associated Press […]
Defund Planned Parenthood and save HOW much!?
Defunding Planned Parenthood could save American tax payers big time. A Republican bill that would halt federal payments to Planned Parenthood for a year could save taxpayers about $235 million, Congress’ official authority on the budget said Wednesday. The estimate by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office comes as Republicans are pushing for the cut in […]
Parents to be penalized for not vaccinating their kids
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government said on Wednesday that it will pass a law that would withhold child care and other payments from families that fail to immunize their children. The “No Jab, No Pay Bill” introduced to Parliament would also remove a category of “conscientious objector” that allowed parents to remain eligible […]
Why are American schoolkids overdosing on heroin!?
Heroin overdose deaths in the United States nearly quintupled from 2001 to 2013. This heroin epidemic that has been taking the lives of teenagers for years is creeping into even younger age groups and putting pressure on the nation’s schools to keep a fast-acting overdose antidote within reach of every nurse and teacher, according to […]
Health Alert: Aspirin use could lead to serious bleeding
Changes may be coming to your aspirin regimen, and it may be well worth mentioning this to your doctor. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued draft guidelines Monday recommending aspirin only if people meet a strict list of criteria — including a high risk of heart disease and a low risk of bleeding side […]
A new wave of government changes about to hit YOUR doctor’s office
As if things weren’t complicated enough for healthcare in this country, they’re about to get worse. And if small medical practices aren’t properly prepared, the changes could increase wait times around the country. So if things seem a bit tense in your doctor’s office soon, this new behind-the-scenes red tape is likely to blame. Oct. […]