Consumerism

Consumer Mindset: U.S. Healthcare’s Kryptonite (and Salvation)

medASTUTE wants to help you become a smart healthcare consumer. Why? Because you deserve great care at an affordable price. Because you deserve to be treated with dignity by our healthcare system. Because you deserve to be stress-free by not having to worry about your medical bills. It all starts with mindset. Whether you’re an …

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Mental Health (Isn’t There a Super-Creepy App for That?)

We here at medASTUTE are vocal in our support of proper mental healthcare and that includes a wide variety of resources.  From traditional types of care like counseling and therapy to medication and (especially) becoming a more informed patient/consumer, all these options, and more, should be available to all.  That includes new and evolving technology …

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The opposite of patient-focused? A cautionary tale for healthcare and other businesses alike.

Photo Credit: onsizzle.com Our company, medASTUTE, from its inception has championed a more collaborative approach to healthcare.  Not only do we want to drive down waste and inefficiency, but we want to help people to be healthier by being more informed and active “consumers.”  This is known in the industry as “Healthcare Literacy”.  But it’s …

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Financial Literacy Month

“National Financial Literacy Month is celebrated in April, which is a great opportunity for us to check and promote our financial situation and skills.  If you consider yourself illiterate in terms of finances then you are not alone!  It does not matter if you have just started earning or have been earning for a long …

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How long should medical debt haunt your credit report?

Photo by Mikhail Nilov from Pexels Recently, Forbes[i] and other outlets have been reporting on upcoming changes to the way medical debt reporting is handled by credit bureaus. What does it all mean? Essentially, it comes down to three changes, which I’ll mention first and then break them down. Paid-off medical debt will no longer be included in …

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Why Health Insurance is NOT like Auto Insurance

Here’s a question for you?  Is “Health Insurance” the same as “Auto/Home-owners Insurance?” Well, they both contain the word “Insurance” so it seems like they must have something in common and (at least here in the USA) they DO have some similarities, but if you use the same mentality for both, you’re not just wasting …

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Some therapists don’t think you have a right to know

Credit: Photo by cottonbro from Pexels If someone tries to sell you something but can’t, or won’t, tell you how much it will cost… Should you be suspicious? What if you went to your healthcare provider, had a nice long consultation, allowed them to perform any test their training and experience suggested and even prescribe medications but …

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