Posts Tagged ‘health insurance’

Access to Obesity Care in Connecticut

April 26, 2021 — Roughly three-quarters of Americans have excess weight or obesity. So weight is a major daily concern for most people. It’s uncomfortable to talk about and as a consequence, it’s a topic that many will not publicly address. But Connecticut is now an “odd man out” for access to obesity care. For every other state in […]

Bariatric Surgery Saves Lives, So Why Do People Balk?

April 25, 2021 — To folks who care for people receiving bariatric surgery, it seems like the world’s best kept secret. But it shouldn’t be. This surgery puts diabetes into remission and reduces the burden of many other diseases that result from obesity. It gives people a better quality of life. And it lets people live longer. So why […]

OCW2021: How Bias Factors into Access to Care

March 3, 2021 — Today for Obesity Care Week (OCW2021), the focus is access to care. But access to care is not such a tidy, self-contained subject. That’s because the problems we have with access to obesity care often actually start with weigh bias – the OCW2021 theme for Monday. Let us explain with the experience of a good […]

Health Plans Harming Health for People with Obesity

October 28, 2020 — It’s that time of year. Many people are picking health plans. For folks who get health insurance through their employer, that might mean looking through confusing options to pick the one that best suits their needs. For others with Medicare, that might mean choosing between insurance options that provide better coverage than bare bones Medicare. […]

Wellness That Didn’t Work Out

May 27, 2020 — It seemed like a good idea at the time. Build incentives for employees for wellness into health benefit packages. Employees “volunteer” to give up some health privacy in order to have their employers collect health data on them. They get a little financial incentive to participate and then more incentive if their health data improves. […]

Pre-Op Weight Loss and Mortality, Cause and Effect

May 15, 2020 — It’s fascinating how readily people agree with the truth that correlation does not prove causation. Talk is cheap. But throw a study of correlation at them and poof! Caution evaporates. People leap from correlation to causality. So it is with a new study of pre-op weight loss and mortality after bariatric surgery. In JAMA Network […]

Setting Aside Important Medical Care for Urgent Care

May 3, 2020 — Medical care is in a mess right now. All care, it seems, is urgent care. Primary care offices are empty. Many providers face the possibility of this pandemic tipping them from financial strain to bankruptcy. But can we really afford to set aside important medical care for urgent care? Unprepared for a Pandemic Different health […]

What Shall We Do About Diagnosing Obesity?

February 26, 2020 — We hear lots of arguments about diagnosing obesity. Some people say it’s all about BMI. Sometimes they use this as a straw man argument for saying that BMI has flaws, so obesity isn’t really a thing. But other people are putting forward thoughtful proposals for diagnosing and staging the chronic disease of obesity. One such […]

Experimental Proof That an IRS Letter Can Save Lives

December 14, 2019 — We simply have to say this is cool. We say this because folks from the Treasury Department and Stanford have published the first experimental evidence that health insurance prevents premature deaths. In fact, by following the causal chain, we can say that an IRS letter can save lives. Who knew that the IRS was conducting […]

A Modest Proposal: Treat Obesity Seriously

December 2, 2019 — We have a chronic disease problem. It started in America. It’s spreading all around the world. And already in the U.S. it’s playing a major role in reversing long-term gains in life expectancy. Yet, the response has been tepid, says William Dietz with two commentaries published in the last month. Dietz is Director of the […]