General, HealthcareBy 2017-07-30T23:23:04+00:00 On April 25th, 20151 Comment

Abandoned By Your Pharmacy

When I called my pharmacy to refill my blood pressure medication prescription a live person answered. I was so startled I blurted out, “Why are you answering the phone?”

I had autodialed the familiar voicemail phone number for prescription refills at the pharmacy I had patronized for the past eight years.

My beloved pharmacy (because it had […]

General, HealthcareBy 2017-07-30T23:22:58+00:00 On January 12th, 20151 Comment

Caregiving. Who’s To Say What It Is?

The American Cancer Society’s descriptions of caregiving tasks were, I recently found, little more than what one might do for someone with the flu. This discrepancy made me reexamine my own caregiving tasks when caring for my wife, who eventually died from terminal brain cancer.

For example, at the Society provided two lists of […]

General, HealthcareBy 2017-08-31T18:17:37+00:00 On January 27th, 20140 Comments

Health Insurance Doesn’t Travel Well


Seriously ill people must take their health insurance with them when they travel. But not all health insurance is portable and so continuing care and treatment away from home can be difficult.

Patients may have a bucket list to fulfill or be seeking alternative treatment or want to visit loved ones.  For […]

General, HealthcareBy 2017-07-30T23:22:07+00:00 On December 29th, 20130 Comments

Understanding Healthcare Benefits

Will your healthcare benefits take care of you?

Not if you don’t understand how to use them or how they function.

Take for instance the Public Employee Benefit Board (PEBB). Not even Washington State’s Office of the Insurance Commissioner or its Health Care Authority can explain it. The situation is so bad that the Insurance Commissioner’s Statewide […]

General, HealthcareBy 2017-08-31T18:17:55+00:00 On November 20th, 20130 Comments

The Gaping Hole In Acute Treatment


Nowadays, when you wake up dying, it may take months or years to reach the end of life.  Dying today can be costly in every way.

“Improvements in medical science and healthcare have gradually changed the nature of dying.  Death is no longer predominately likely to be the sudden result of […]

General, HealthcareBy 2017-07-30T23:22:26+00:00 On August 15th, 20130 Comments

Healthcare Providers – Good, Bad and Ugly

Providers can be defined as everyone working within the healthcare system. They are all of those who, in some fashion, are in the business or profession of providing care to a patient. Providers include state and county government, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, clinics, medical care management companies (such as PeaceHealth in Washington) and […]

General, HealthcareBy 2017-08-31T18:18:12+00:00 On June 26th, 20130 Comments

Prescriptions Denied And Lost

What does a prescription mean to a patient? To most it is obviously medicine to treat disease, perhaps to sustain life. But to health insurers, employers, pharmacies and others a prescription is a benefit. A benefit is something to be authorized, approved, controlled, processed and cost-managed. Its use as medicine […]

General, HealthcareBy 2017-07-30T23:22:37+00:00 On May 31st, 20130 Comments

Them Vs. Us

At every step in treatment providers with more time, money and resources outnumber caregivers and patients. The following is a partial list of healthcare providers and functions that must be dealt with for the duration of care and treatment.