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Organizations serious about improving U.S. health care

Here are links to organizations that may be helpful as you seek better knowledge of health care options, practices, insurance, and policy. Some are watchdog organizations, some provide reliable information and/or support, some provide systematic review of health care research results, some lobby for effective health policy (e.g., protecting the integrity of the medical review process), and a few publish "scorecards" or the equivalent for medical practitioners or procedures.
Alliance for Health Care Reform provides tools for  Read More 
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Index of blog posts

Updated 6-24-16
You, your body, and your health
Health care, medicine, and the health care system
How we die (managing and honoring the end of life)
Life, home, and estate management
Telling our life stories
Wisdom and entertainment

You, your body, and your health


Do you trust your doctor? How can you protect yourself?
Ratings for hospitals, doctors, surgeons, home health agencies, nursing homes
You, drug-resistant superbugs, and what's for dinner?
We are what we eat? Read this, get healthy, feel better! (Part 1 of 2). See also Part 2 (with links to more good articles).
Healthy food that isn't yucky
Home remedies for relieving sciatica pain
The truth (and controversy) about chronic (late-stage) Lyme disease
Resources for finding service dogs, therapy dogs, and other types of assistance dogs
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Health care, medicine, and the health care system


Why U.S. medical costs are so high -- and where the system needs fixing
Taking the mystery out of health care prices
Drugs, Big Pharma, conflicts of interest, and why U.S. patients pay too much for medication
Doctors rebel against a re-certification test that costs $23,600 per doctor
The anatomy of medical error Human factor scientists call skill-based errors slips and rule-based and knowledge-based errors mistakes. See also an Update on medical errors
Exposing abuse and neglect in a chain of brain injury rehab centers
Lead wars and the health of children
Organizations serious about improving U.S. health care
Talking points about the Affordable Care Act

The NIH Clinical Center: A national healthcare treasure
Nine great TED talks on improving health care
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How we die (managing and honoring the end of life)


Preventing fraud, elder abuse, and guardianship problems
Three cases for better management of dying
Farewell to T.L Hawkins, part 1 (October 2014) Read More 
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Nine great TED talks on improving health care

I've just listened to nine great TED talks and read a few companion articles on improving health care and health care outcomes. Check out these speakers: Atul Gawande, Ben Goldacre, Rebecca Onie, Brian Goldman, Ernest Madu, Peter Saul, Eric Dishman, Thomas Goetz. They are talking about improving health care--in particular about ways in which poor people have access to good health--not about changing our approach to health insurance. Click on the titles to get to the TED talks.

Atul Gawande: How do we heal medicine? Read More 
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