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The Costs of Medical Care & The Future of Medicine – PART 2

The Cost of an Aging Population BY:  Stephen C. Schimpff, MD We are all getting older and like an old car our parts start to wear out. That will not change but we as individuals can delay the effect of aging with physical and mental exercise. Our organs lose some of their function at a …

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Talking With Your Doctor – Make the Most of Your Appointment

Patients and health care providers share a very personal relationship. Doctors need to know a lot about you, your family, and your lifestyle to give you the best medical care. And you need to speak up and share your concerns and questions. Clear and honest communication between you and your physician can help you both …

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10 Actions for Great Bedside Manner

By Neil R. Hoyt, Sr. – Vice President, Paragon Private Health Increasingly, patients are complaining about physicians with poor bedside manners. This leads to an erosion of trust – the foundation of establishing and maintaining a positive doctor/patient relationship. We all recognize this type of physician – they always seem rushed, don’t provide a proper …

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The Costs of Medical Care & The Future of Medicine – PART 1

The High Cost of New Technology BY:  Stephen C. Schimpff, MD The cost of new devices such as pacemakers, defibrillators, stents, ventricular assist devices, insulin pumps, laparoscopic surgical instruments, etc. are high. Just like in the development of drugs, our patent policy allows the company to recoup its expenses and then some for a good …

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Why Neighborhood Primary Care Physicians Are Embracing Concierge Medicine

BY: Russ Alan Prince , – FORBES The field of concierge medicine is booming. More and more people are signing up with various concierge healthcare programs, and this trend is likely to accelerate. A significant contributing factor to the growth of concierge medicine is the proportional increase in the number of local primary care physicians adopting the practice …

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Paragon Weekly Wellness: Leafy greens linked with slower age-related cognitive decline

A recent report in the journal Neurology found that a diet containing approximately one serving of green leafy vegetables per day is associated with slower age-related cognitive decline. Dr. Martha Clare Morris and colleagues from Rush University in Chicago and the Tufts Human Nutrition Research Center in Boston followed 960 older adults enrolled in the …

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Patient Benefits in a Concierge Medicine Program

As the number of physicians introducing concierge medicine programs in their practices continues to swell, patients are increasingly curious as to how they would benefit from participating in such a program. First, it’s important to understand what a concierge medicine program is.  It’s a personalized care program where patients pay an annual membership fee in …

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Health care’s fundamental problem: Your doctor doesn’t work for you – THE HILL

You seek us out when you’re sick, share with us the most intimate details of your life, and trust that our treatments will make you better. There’s just one problem: Your doctor may not actually be working for you, the patient. Over the last three decades, as patients have seen their medical costs increase dramatically, …

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