HEALTH CARE un-covered
Meet Dr. Hurley – a physician (and now a patient) bent on righting the wrongs of insurance denials
Dr. Daniel Hurley, a top ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor in greater Phoenix, never saw himself as an activist – and certainly not one who would…
$335 million take-home: here are the 7 health insurance CEOs who made it big in 2022
Rationing care based on ability to pay... pays very well for this Gang of Seven.
An open letter to Congress: Is health care at a tipping point?
Greater accountability and transparency is urgently needed.
Finally, Big Insurance's Pharmacy Benefit Managers are being probed by Congress
It was gratifying last week to see our efforts to educate members of Congress about pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) beginning to pay off. Those of you…
Health insurers have spent nearly $141 billion buying back their own shares since 2007 while premiums and deductibles have skyrocketed
In 2007, executives of America’s biggest insurance companies were well on their way to transforming health insurance policies in ways that would make…
Q1 2023: UnitedHealth Group made $27.8 billion from the drug supply chain; spent $3.5 billion buying back their own stock
You have to wade through numerous bullet points in UnitedHealth Group’s first quarter 2023 earnings release to find one particular number that investors…
Insurers using AI and algorithms to deny claims; Sen. Elizabeth Warren calls on Biden to address Medicare Advantage profiteering
I apologize for being MIA for the past several days, but Covid finally caught up with me and I just haven’t had the energy to do much of anything since…
16 years ago, my story was told in Michael Moore's documentary "Sicko." I still struggle for the health care I need
When “Sicko” was released in 2007, my hopes were high that my family might get some relief from the stress of securing health care. The story filmmaker…
A message large nonprofit hospitals should hear: "The judge will see you now…"
There are some remarkable similarities between serial bankruptcy filers and large nonprofit hospitals that constantly claim financial difficulties…
REVENUES OVER LIVES: health professionals' role in challenging the "medical-financial complex”
Socially-conscious health professionals of all ages need to attack the inhumanity and economic injustice that persists in health care.
U.S. women enrolled in high-deductible health insurance plans are at risk of dying younger
If you are in a high-deductible health plan – especially if you are a woman – I encourage you not to get sick. And by all means, do not get breast…
Former PBM chief medical officer: ‘Our motives were murky at best’
There are a few days I’ll never forget from my years as chief medical officer at Express Scripts, one of the nation’s largest pharmacy benefits managers…
Ed Weisbart MD
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