Consumerism

Financial Literacy From A Healthcare Point-of-View (Part 2)

Background image: Photo I took of my copy of Personal Financial Planning (Eighth Edition) Note: This article was originally published in LinkedIn on May 17, 2021. It is Part 2 of a 3-Part literacy series. A Seat at the Finance Table If you’re here because you read Part 1, I assume it resonated with you and …

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Emergency Departments publishing “Expected Wait Times”

Maybe you’ve seen the signs or advertisements and just ignored them.  They’re all around, on the side of the highway, the bottom of the screen during the evening news and DEFINITELY on the hospital’s website. They’re a force for good, right? Well… yes.  Good for the investors who own the hospital. For you? Not so …

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Understanding hospital pricing: “It’s just too hard…”

Source: “Confused lady” feature photo from knowyourmeme.com Note: This is Part 2 of a 3-Part transparency series. In a previous blog, I cited a spokesperson for the American Hospital Association (AHA) who said consumers shouldn’t bother looking at the hospital price lists because they were too hard to understand.  Instead, Americans should “set them aside and avoid …

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Financial Literacy From A Healthcare Point-of-View (Part 1)

Background photo created by rawpixel.com – www.freepik.com Note: This article was originally published in LinkedIn on April 26, 2021.  It is Part 1 of a 3-Part literacy series. Financial Lessons From A Gen-Xer In honor of Financial Literacy Month, I recently shared a TEDx talk from a young woman (Harsimran Chohan) about the importance of …

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When hospitals say you should “avoid” looking at how much services cost…

Note: This is Part 1 of a 3-Part transparency series. As we’ve pointed out, time and again, Americans shouldn’t have to find out, AFTER the fact, how much something will cost.  Like giving an airline your credit card and waiting until you land at your destination before finding out how much the plane ticket cost! …

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The Ins & Outs of U.S. Healthcare Consumerism in the 21st Century

Note: This is the first in a series of “healthcare consumerism” posts meant to inform & educate the reader about the U.S. healthcare system.   Imagine a U.S. healthcare system where everyone is an informed, savvy consumer of medical services and plays an active role in purchasing and consuming those services. Sounds amazing, right? But …

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