Dementia costs more to treat each year in the U.S. than cancer or heart disease and much of that cost is borne by family members in a caregiver role. Here is the story of one Minnesota family — the parents who couldn’t plan for early-onset Alzheimer’s, and their daughter, who is ready for the worst.
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The Family and Medical Leave Act turns 20 this week. Medical professionals, we want to hear from you. Have you witnessed attempted abuse of the law? Do you feel trapped in the middle of a tense relationship between employer and employee? What’s your experience with the FMLA?
Straight from doctors’ mouths: What would make their lives better — and yours. Mostly, it’s time they say they need — and lots of financial change.
Too much paperwork? Better equipment? More time with patients? Help shape our ongoing coverage of health care by telling us what one change — tangible or intangible — would make your work and life as a health care provider better.
With election day looming, voters say the economy and the budget deficit are still their top priorities. But health care is not far behind. In many polls, voters rate the Affordable Care Act as the fourth most important issue in the presidential race. KUHF heard from local sources. More at kuhf.org.
Both stories keep the focus on the human stories behind the numbers.
Ragnar Thorissen, Sean Klomparens and Brian Powers didn’t expect to be planning their futures around the availability of health insurance. But for each of them, the ACA has provided a lifeline.
Medical interpreters talk about the unique challenges of the job, what it takes to do it right, and how ‘MRI’ can sound an awful lot like ‘hemorrhoids.’
Because of a rapid increase in the need for medical interpreters and no comprehensive national legislation on interpreters or oversight of the work, health care providers are not always willing or able to meet the need.
For decades, medical interpreting has been done primarily by passionate and underpaid advocates of the immigrants and refugees not proficient enough in English to get them through a routine hospital or clinic visit.