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A brief look at American health care’s long, complicated history

America’s health care system has existed, in one form or another, since the time when the country’s founding fathers were still fighting for their freedom from Great Britain. Over the intervening 200-plus years, medical care in the U.S. has had a long history of ups and downs, from the difficulty of addressing racism toward the…

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Breaking down racial disparities in heart health

Some of the worst health issues disproportionately affect communities of color, and it’s not because there’s something wrong with their bodies. Health experts have studied and analyzed the social causes of health issues, set in place by many factors in our country’s history, including beliefs that people of certain racial groups handle pain differently. Death…

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State-by-state breakdown of the more than 34 million living in primary care deserts with limited telehealth access

Canva State-by-state breakdown of the more than 34 million living in primary care deserts with limited telehealth access Medical deserts, where access to health care is restricted or nonexistent, may affect more than 80% of counties in the U.S. In these rural, suburban, and even urban areas, individuals live without services essential to basic health…

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How the changing workplace could reshape American health care

As the coronavirus rages on, so do its impacts on the country’s businesses and workers. Remote work and hybrid arrangements are gaining a stronger foothold, and about 2.2 million Americans remain long-term unemployed while millions of others are quitting their jobs. This massive health and economic disruption is inevitably impacting health care as well. Employers…

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181 rural hospitals have closed since 2005—see the states that have been impacted

181 rural hospitals have closed since 2005—see the states that have been impacted Rural hospitals have long struggled financially and the situation is getting worse. In the mid-1940s, Congress provided funding to build hospitals in rural areas, leading to a rise in their numbers, especially in the South. By the 1980s and 1990s, those hospitals…

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How Much Does Urgent Care Cost: With and Without Insurance?

First things first: what is “urgent care”? Say, you have a sudden health condition that’s concerning to you but doesn’t necessarily rise to the level of a true emergency in your opinion, like a troubling rash or gnarly bug bite. You call your primary doctor, and they are booked for three weeks solid. Enter urgent…

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Paying Health Insurance Deductible Upfront

Every time you visit the doctor, either you or your insurance company are paying the medical provider for their services. How the costs are split will depend on the terms of your health insurance coverage. At the very least, in most cases you’ll be expected to cover your copay for every trip to the doctor.…

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U.S. Cities Suffering From High Cholesterol

With Healthy Aging Month in August and National Cholesterol Education Month in September, what better time to remain conscious of our health — and take the necessary steps to maintain it. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began last year, much attention has been paid to the ways the risk levels for severe illness or death from…

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What Happens If You Don’t Have Health Insurance?

What Happens If You Don’t Have Health Insurance? Over the past three years, the number of uninsured Americans has risen, growing from 26.7 million in 2016 to 28.9 million in 2019. During that same period, the rate of uninsured Americans increased from 10.0% in 2016 to 10.9% in 2019. Estimates for 2020 assume the number…

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States With the Highest COVID-19 Vaccination Rates Heading Into Summer

After more than a year of living through COVID-19, the worst of the pandemic in the U.S. appears to be over. Daily cases peaked in early January at more than 250,000 per day, but ever since, the U.S. has seen sharp declines in COVID-19 positive cases, even as more contagious variants have emerged. Now, the…

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