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Healthcare spending appears to accelerate in Q1: report

Dive Brief: Spending on healthcare accelerated during the first quarter of 2019, according to a recent report from consulting firm Altarum. National healthcare spending in March 2019 ($ 3.76 trillion) was 4.6% higher than the previous year and spending on prescription drugs grew the fastest, according to the report. Healthcare hiring seemed to return to a… Read More »

The Folly of Self Referral

By HANS DUVEFELT, MD A lot of Americans think they should be able to make an appointment with a specialist on their own, and view the referral from a primary care provider as an unnecessary roadblock. This “system” often doesn’t work, because of the way medical specialties are divided up. If belly pain is due… Read More »