Topic: Medical Emergencies

COVID-19
Sep 1 2020

Strategies to help you manage the high cost of care for COVID-19

Health finance  •  By Miles Varn, MD

There’s no doubt the cost of the diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19 is high. Data collected by FAIR Health found costs that ranged from approximately $37,000 to more than $93,000 per patient, depending on age, location, and whether the patient had other health problems that increased the risk of complications from the virus. Early in... Read More

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healthcare documents
Jun 23 2020

What healthcare documents do you need at each life stage?

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If your 19-year-old college student ended up in the hospital, would you be able to get the information you need about her condition from the doctors treating her? What if your parents were having trouble managing multiple doctor’s appointments? If your spouse or partner had a heart attack, would you be able to make medical... Read More

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retail clinics
Dec 3 2019

What are the pros and cons of retail clinics?

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Your cough hasn’t gotten better in two weeks, but your doctor’s office doesn’t have same day appointments. Or maybe you’re out of town visiting relatives when your one-year-old starts showing the signs of another ear infection. For many people, the next move would be to seek care at a retail clinic in a pharmacy, grocery... Read More

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travel health
Jun 25 2019

What to do if you get sick on vacation

Travel Health  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Summer is prime time for travel, whether it’s a trip to the beach, a week in the mountains, or a tour of Europe. You’ve taken the time to figure out where you want to go, where you’re staying, and where the best places to eat are, so you’re all ready for your trip, right? Not... Read More

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food allergies
Jan 22 2019

Tips for safer travel with food allergies

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If you or someone in your family is living with food allergies, you probably have a system in place to prevent accidental exposure to the foods that cause those allergies and a plan to handle any allergic reactions that may occur. But what happens if you’re traveling? What steps can you take to lower the... Read More

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finding quality care when you travel
May 22 2018

Travel health: How to find quality care abroad

Travel Health  •  By Miles Varn

When people who travel around the world for work were polled about their top travel health concerns, 35% of those surveyed said the most serious health threat facing travelers is not being able to access quality care if you fall ill or get injured. Taking steps to prepare for a health emergency while traveling abroad... Read More

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Medical emergency while traveling
Mar 28 2017

Are you prepared for a medical emergency while traveling?

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn

Facing a medical emergency while you’re away from home is not something most people plan for, but it should be. With some advance planning, you can be better prepared to find the care you need if you experience an illness or injury when you’re traveling inside or outside the U.S. Be sure to take these... Read More

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heart disease
Feb 28 2017

Steps women should take now to lower the risk of heart disease

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

If you asked most people what the leading cause of death for women in the U.S. is, you’d probably get the wrong answer. The right answer? Heart disease. In fact 90% of women have one or more risk factors for heart disease. Surveys have unfortunately found that some women’s primary care doctors don’t discuss their... Read More

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Choosing a rehabilitation facility
Feb 21 2017

Ask these questions when choosing a rehabilitation facility

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

If you or a loved one has been hospitalized with a serious illness or injury or undergone major surgery, your next step may be to transfer to a short-term rehabilitation facility to continue your recovery. Also known as skilled nursing facilities, a rehabilitation facility can provide you with the additional, personalized care you need to... Read More

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mental health
Oct 18 2016

Why parents may not have a say in medical decisions for their young adult children

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

When your young adult children reach the age of 18 or 19, you might be surprised to learn that you no longer have access to their medical information, even if they’re still on your health insurance plan or live with you. Once your child reaches legal adulthood (18 in most states, 19 in two states),... Read More

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