A client recently called us at First Stop Health about a problem. The hospital was dunning them for an emergency room bill of more than $100,000. (Yes, you read that correctly ““ ONE-HUNDRED THOUSAND dollars.) They asked if we could help. Continue reading “Medical billing ABCs: Which part don’t you understand?” »
My mother and father both died of diseases that were caused by smoking tobacco.
One of the most vivid memories of my youth was being sent to Peoples Drug in Washington, D.C. in the early 1960s to buy cigarettes for my mother. Continue reading “Thank you, CVS” »
On a recent Saturday I found myself — as I do most fall Saturdays living in a major college football town ““ on the campus of Clemson University. Making my way past the zillions of tail gaiters, I came across a medical emergency unfolding right in front of me. An ambulance had somehow made its way through massively-clogged campus streets to a jam-packed parking lot. Worried that one of my husband’s marching band students had fallen ill or became injured, I stopped to ask what had happened. Continue reading “Witnessing a college game day medical emergency firsthand” »
It is a wonderful term, one that beckons consumers: natural. However, under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, as administered by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the word is meaningless. Despite hundreds of court rulings and recent interest by the federal bench, FDA has refused to define it, citing budget restrictions and higher priority projects. Continue reading ““All natural” means nothing” »