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It’s time for a common-sense approach to the opioid crisis

Author: Dr. Bartley Bryt — We are an instant-gratification society. Take, for example, our online shopping habits. If a vendor can’t ship your item immediately, you’ll buy it elsewhere. We want everything NOW. Medicine and health, however, are long-term propositions. For example, you can’t fix someone’s diabetes overnight. It takes years of changing habits and modifying […]

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ER, Urgent Care or PCP – Where should I go for health care?

Author: Dr. Bartley Bryt — Urgent care centers are a little like Starbucks: They seem to be popping up on every corner. Well, there’s a good reason for this, and it has to do with (you guessed it) money. Urgent care centers are like a primary care physician, but in a storefront, and without any continuity […]

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Living with Chronic Conditions

Author: Dr. Bartley Bryt — Chronic conditions such as heart disease, hypertension, cancer, and diabetes are responsible for most of our nation’s health care costs. More than 40% of New York adults suffer from chronic conditions, which refer to diseases that persists over time and are not passed from person to person. Healthy diet, exercise, and […]

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Why – and where – we need transparency in health care

Author: Dr. Bartley Bryt — The cost of health care is hidden from consumers, and is rarely presented at point of care, if at all. And most consumers are unaware of the variability in unit costs. For example, in 2014, the “usual and customary” surgeon’s fee for gall bladder surgery in Queens, New York, was about […]

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Too much of a good thing: When employees suffer from health care “overchoice”

Author: Carmilla Tan, FSA, MAAA — We’re a society of endless alternatives. Just think about your morning coffee order: The barista asks you to choose between fat free, 1%, 2%, soy, almond, whole milk, or half-and-half. The options can be dizzying. While the power of choice can be very valuable, in some instances, there can […]

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