Millions can’t afford to go to the doctor

Nearly one-third of Americans skipped needed medical care in the past three months due to cost. Even about 20% of the nation’s highest-income households, those earning more than $120,000 per year, blame cost as the reason for not seeking care, up from 3% over the same timeframe. An estimated 150 million Americans say they are now more worried about the … Read More

An app a day keeps the doctor away?

Imagine a baby boomer’s surprise at leaving their doctor’s office with a prescription for blood pressure medication and instructions to download an app that will help them manage the symptom. Doctors and health care providers are increasingly “prescribing” apps and enlisting the help of smart devices to help manage their patients’ health: a practice called mobile health (mHealth). In today’s … Read More

Study: patients prefer familiarity over expertise when learning test results

Patients prefer to receive imaging exam results from their referring physician and not a radiologist, according to a study featured in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. The study , conducted by David M. Naeger, MD, and colleagues, looked at 617 anonymous surveys completed over a 4-week period by adult patients undergoing outpatient CT or MRI exams. Patients were … Read More

Costs will go up and access will go down

DIS shares a news story regarding a new group that has the goal of educating patients and represent their concerns to legislators. Independent physicians and business leaders in Central Florida have banded together to form a trade association that may well be the first in the state, according to organizers. The story cites, “Today, 39 percent of doctors nationwide are … Read More

The eye popping cost of cancer drugs

While Diagnostic Imaging Services is not an organization that provides oncology services, we do screen and perform exams on people who may receive a new diagnosis of cancer, a notification that a previous cancer has returned or is/has received treatment for cancer. For those people, this story from CBS news may ring very true. For those who have not themselves … Read More

The bigger the hospital the higher the prices

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares an opinion regarding hospital health care costs and sharing one particular reason: “Doctors are fleeing private practices for the security of hospitals, and the exodus will be a disaster for U.S. health care. The bigger hospitals get, the more they can jack up their prices—up to 44 percent higher according to one estimate.” DIS is an … Read More