By Isabel Teotonio Education Reporter Fri., Dec. 14, 2018 Bruce Shilton’s crippling fatigue left him bedridden for six months. Sue Faber was so forgetful, she couldn’t remember her daughters’ birthdates. And Andrea Smith’s relentless aches sent her into a deep depression. All three Canadians say they are struggling with a chronic form of Lyme disease and feel abandoned by Canada’s health-care system. The challenge for them, and other patients with Lyme, is that the medical community is divided on how best to diagnose and treat this controversial disease. On one side of this deep divide are mainstream doctors who say Lyme is easy to diagnose with standard testing, and the prevailing treatment — a short course of antibiotics — is enough to kill the bacteria that causes the disease. They believe patients who think they have chronic Lyme but have no evidence of infection are grappling with other illnesses and that … [Read more...] about Everything about Lyme disease is steeped in controversy. Now some doctors are too afraid to treat patients
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(Reuters Health) - While symptoms like chest or belly pain might reasonably drive you to the emergency room with worries about a heart attack or appendicitis, your insurance company might decide not to pay if it turns out your fears were unfounded, a new study suggests.With the price of emergency room care going up, U.S. insurance companies have been looking for ways to contain the costs, sometimes by refusing to pay for visits that turn out not to have been emergencies after all.The new analysis shows that the criteria used by one large insurer, if expanded nationally, could result in denial of payment for nearly 16 percent of ER visits, even though these patients may have the same symptoms when they get to the ER as actual emergency cases, researchers report in JAMA Network Open.While patients do need to be discouraged from using the emergency room for primary care, "they shouldn't have to think, 'is this something I'm going to have to pay for,'" said the study's lead author, Dr. … [Read more...] about New health insurer policy may mean you pay for your ER visit
By Robert Cribb Staff Reporter Vjosa Isai Staff Reporter Maham Shakeel Ryerson School of Journalism Sat., March 18, 2017 A growing number of boutique medical clinics is establishing a second tier of health services that critics say encroaches on Ontario’s public health system by charging as much as $4,500 in annual fees for services such as no wait times, genetic analysis and added testing that isn’t always medically necessary. A Toronto Star/Ryerson School of Journalism investigation documents a hybrid health-care regime that markets to a clientele who can access public health care while paying for services that reach beyond what is covered by OHIP, including 24/7 access to health-care professionals, fast-tracking of MRIs and a range of annual tests and lifestyle assessments. “I think this does represent two tiers (of health care in Canada),” says Dr. Danielle Martin, a family physician in Toronto who was … [Read more...] about Should the wealthy be allowed to buy their way to faster health care at private clinics?
source Courtesy Indigo Agriculture It’s a good time to be a healthcare or biotech startup. In the first half of 2018, healthcare startups raised $15 billion in funding, the most raised in the first half of the year in the last decade, according to Forbes. By July, a new crop of unicorns – startups with valuations over $1 billion – were born, while others increased their already billion-dollar valuations. From companies harnessing the plant microbiome to buzzy biotechs working on cutting-edge technology, here are the US and United Kingdom-based unicorns to keep an eye on for the rest of 2018, according to data from PitchBook. Tempus — $1 billion caption Eric Lefkofsky, chief executive officer of biotechnology company Tempus, arrives for a morning session of the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, July 11, 2018. source Drew Angerer/Getty Images Chicago-based Tempus got its start in 2015, and in the last three years has … [Read more...] about The billion-dollar healthcare unicorns you should be watching in 2018
LISBON: Utility company EDP may balk at the meager 5 percent premium offered for its shares by China Three Gorges (CT) but the battle for Portugal's biggest business has largely played out already.To some it looks like a lowball bid, but Portugal has welcomed the offer because it considers the Chinese firm's pledge to keep EDP-Energias de Portugal intact more important than the price and it wants closer ties with a country that has plowed billions into its economy.That openness to investment from China, including in strategic sectors like energy, stands out amid suspicions elsewhere in Europe about Chinese acquisitions.The Chinese state-owned hydropower giant became EDP's biggest shareholder in 2011. So when reports of merger talks between EDP and Spanish rival Gas Natural emerged in July 2017, it beat a path to the Lisbon government's door.A Gas Natural takeover would have threatened CTG's ambition to use EDP to diversify beyond China, while Portugal's Socialist government feared a … [Read more...] about In Portugal, trust in China is the art of the deal