preventive care

High-deductible health plans, which have lower premiums but higher out-of-pocket costs, help reduce health care spending, according to a new study from Fairbanks School of Public Health in Indianapolis. But the researchers also found that people on HDHPs are using fewer preventive services such as cancer screenings, perhaps because people are worried about getting stuck with the bill. 

Health Clinics On Wheels Reach The Neediest In Dallas

May 5, 2016
Lauren Silverman / KERA News

In Texas, we’re all about convenience. The drive-through Starbucks, burger joint, even drive through bank. Still, there aren’t any drive through health clinics…the closest thing are clinics on wheels run by Parkland, Dallas' public hospital. Those have been crisscrossing the city of Dallas for more than a decade, serving the people in the community that need it most.

Health Insurer Banks On Prevention With Free Primary Care, Counseling, Yoga And More

Apr 6, 2016
Harken Health members get free yoga at the clinic.
Phil Galewitz / KHN

AUSTELL, Ga. — UnitedHealthcare is betting $65 million that it can profit by making primary care more attractive.

With little fanfare, the nation’s largest health insurer launched an independent subsidiary in January that offers unlimited free doctor visits and 24/7 access by phone. Every member gets a personal health coach to nudge them toward their goals, such as losing weight or exercising more. Mental health counseling is also provided, as are yoga and cooking classes, and acupuncture. Services are delivered in stylish clinics with hardwood floors and faux fireplaces in their lobbies.

The United States has the most advanced health care in the world. There are gleaming medical centers across the country where doctors cure cancers, transplant organs and bring people back from near death.

Prostate Screening Drops Sharply, And So Do Cancer Cases

Nov 17, 2015

One of the most intense debates in men's health has flared again: How often should men get screened for prostate cancer?

This debate has simmered since 2012, when the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force shocked many patients and doctors by recommending against routine prostate cancer screening.

In February, Medicare announced that it would pay for an annual lung cancer screening test for certain long-term smokers. Medicare recipients between the ages of 55 and 77 who have smoked the equivalent of a pack a day for 30 years are now eligible for the annual test, known as a spiral CT scan.

Maybe You Should Skip That Annual Physical

Apr 6, 2015

It's a warm afternoon in Miami, and 35-year-old Emanuel Vega has come to Baptist Health Primary Care for a physical exam. Dr. Mark Caruso shakes his hand with a welcoming smile.

Primary Care Doctors Reluctant To Provide Genetics Assessment In Routine Care

Sep 12, 2014
University of Michigan Health System

Primary care providers (PCPs) report many challenges to integrating genetics services into routine primary care, according to research published today in Genetics in Medicine.

Sound Medicine: January 20, 2013

Jan 20, 2013

The award-winning “Sound Medicine” announces its program for Jan. 20, featuring several segments on the benefits of preventive care, the Indiana Blood Center’s regenerative medicine program, and why your primary care provider may not wear a white coat.