Updated 6:13 AM ET, Thu May 31, 2018 Allendale, Michigan (CNN)Jasmine Glenn's friends remember late-night phone calls from her, sobbing and saying she was ready to kill herself, knife in hand. The world saw her as a man. To pretend she was one, she behaved recklessly. She drank heavily and then ran though bonfires. She raced her car down dark country roads in rural Michigan in the middle of the night. "I was trying to drink myself to death to escape who I was," she said. "I wasn't allowed to be myself, so I didn't want to be anyone else." Then, at 35, she realized what she needed to do to be herself: accept that she's transgender and live openly as the woman she always knew she was. To do that, she said, she had to "fix" her body. But after the battle with herself came the battle with insurers. Read More Not all transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals need medical care to transition. And not all identify as a man or woman. Some resent the pressure to conform … [Read more...] about The insurance battle for life-saving treatment
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The surgery went fine. Her doctors left for the day. Four hours later, Paulina Tam started gasping for air. Internal bleeding was cutting off her windpipe, a well-known complication of the spine surgery she had undergone. But a Medicare inspection report describing the event says that nobody who remained on duty that evening at the Northern California surgery center knew what to do. In desperation, a nurse did something that would not happen in a hospital. She dialed 911. By the time an ambulance delivered Tam to the emergency room, the 58-year-old mother of three was lifeless, according to the report. If Tam had been operated on at a hospital, a few simple steps could have saved her life. But like hundreds of thousands of other patients each year, Tam went to one of the nation’s 5,600-plus surgery centers. Such centers started nearly 50 years ago as low-cost alternatives for minor surgeries. They now outnumber hospitals as federal regulators have signed off on an ever-widening … [Read more...] about As surgery centers boom, patients are paying with their lives
Well, that didn’t take very long… Hard as it is to believe, Health Wonk Review has been around for a decade. Yup, since way back in the DSL days, before the birth of the iPhone, before the Great Recession, before health care reform, back when I had brown hair, a group of health care nerds decided to publish a biweekly synopsis of the best of the health care blog-o-sphere. Note – this post was delayed a couple days; here at HWR Inter-Galactic Headquarters we are still recovering from a mammoth 10th Anniversary Party. The 200+ editions have been hosted by a who’s who of health care; physicians, health policy gurus, health care economists, workers’ comp pros, health insurance brokers, consultants, academics, not-for-profit execs, and even real journalists. We owe a big thank you to all of you – and to Julie Ferguson, the expert who keeps things on schedule. Throughout our loooong history, HWR has brought you perspectives from all … [Read more...] about Health Wonk Review – The Tenth Anniversary Edition!
Elections have consequences. I don’t often quote Karl “Turd Blossom” Rove, but it certainly seems apropos now, three days after an historic election. There are a plethora of interesting story lines surrounding the election and the hows, whys, and whos thereof. We’ll keep our focus on those related to health policy, the impact on reform, and let the experts opine. First out of the blocks is Bob Laszewski with his post listing some of the major health policy issues facing the President and Congress. Included among the challenges is addressing the fiscal cliff – I’m not as optimistic about our “leaders'” ability to get that fixed anytime soon. Health Affairs’ contribution comes from Tim Jost, “Election 2012: A Win For Health Reform, But Much Work Remains” gets a bit more specific; “November 6 was a good night for health care reform, and for the millions of Americans who will benefit from … [Read more...] about Elections have consequences – Health Wonk Review’s post-election edition