I may be otherwise engaged with BlogHer today and tomorrow, but I want to make sure you're engaged as well, so here are some stories I've been meaning to link to:
Would you be surprised to learn that immigrants use less health care than those born here? Per capita the expense is a lot less, although more heavily weighted toward Emergency Room usage than non-immigrants. I don't find these figures too surprising, but I'm sure there are some politicians out there who would like them not to see the light of day. Such an inconvenience, facts and figures.
Key excerpt: Results. Immigrants accounted for $39.5 billion (SE=$4 billion) in health care expenditures. After multivariate adjustment, per capita total health care expenditures of immigrants were 55% lower than those of US-born persons ($1139 vs $2546). Similarly, expenditures for uninsured and publicly insured immigrants were approximately half those of their US-born counterparts. Immigrant children had 74% lower per capita health care expenditures than US-born children. However, ED expenditures were more than 3 times higher for immigrant children than for US-born children.
For those of you who continue to wonder how the "uninsurable" get insured, InsureBlog has a 2-part series on high-risk pool solutions. We know the "uninsurable" on this blog, from my friend with the twisted intestine, to the blogger who has diabetes. They both found solutions, the former through a short-term plan, the latter through his girlfriend. But what's the long-term solution? InsureBlog's series doesn't prove the case that high-risk pools are the solution, but doesn't think of anything better either.
You know I have an interest in theatre, and an ActorMan friend who has no health coverage right now. Perhaps this lengthy post from Butts in the Seats (yes, great name, huh?) will help him. Some innovative programs are out there to tend to artists and their general, and specific, health needs. What kind of specific health needs? How about tinnitus, performance anxiety and hand care of musicians? Anyway, it's a cool story, and one that highlights that there are opportunities out there to get health care that people don't hear or know about.
Lastly, Forbes did a review of the MedBlogosphere, and named the "best." Of course they only reviewed MedBlogs from "doctors, professors and scientists" (because we laypeople, we consumers, we customers, we patients, we sufferers...we are the least important part of practicing medicine I guess?) so HealthyConcerns wasn't eligible. Because otherwise I'm sure they would have come knocking on my virtual door. Just like Brad Pitt, if he hadn't happened to have met Angelina Jolie first.
Can I just have a BlogHer moment and say I can't believe a doctor out there named his blog, Medicine and Man??? I've notice some vets focus on cats or reptiles or whatever. I guess this guy focuses on men?
On the other hand, Straight from the Doc looks pretty good. I'm going to subscribe to it for a while and see if it's MedBlogRoll-worthy.
See, I'm looking out for you!