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Medigap Benefits – What Are the Core Benefits Available in Most Policies?

For senior citizens that are in need of health care services, including assisted living care, there are certain options available for them to offset the gaps in coverage from Medicare. One such option is Medigap which can pay for services that Medicare isn’t covering, which otherwise could leave seniors owing medical bills they cannot afford or could even stand in the way of these seniors receiving the health care they desperately need.

There are several Medigap plans, with different benefits for each plan. There are, however, certain core Medigap benefits that are available in most of the policies allowing those of each policy to take advantage of the same main benefits. These benefits are available to cover those costs that Medicare doesn’t cost including copayment and co-coverage. The Medigap plans range A-N and all must provide these same basic benefits no matter what plan is chosen or the insurance company … Read More

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Dermatologist Information

Dermatologists, or skin care doctors, have expertise in the care and treatment of human skin as well as the prevention and treatment of a wide variety of skin conditions, including skin cancers. They can also diagnose and treat disorders of the scalp, hair and nails as well. After earning a medical degree and completing a hospital internship, a dermatologist receives three more years of special medical training to becoming an expert dedicated solely to the conditions of the skin, hair and nails. Some dermatologists get even more specialized training and expertise in a specific areas of dermatology, such as pediatrics, surgery, or cosmetics. Dermatologists treat many types of skin conditions, here are the most common.

Acne: Dermatology experts can help eliminate acne and acne scars with the use of different topical, oral medications and laser treatment options. These laser treatments control breakouts and significantly reduce acne difficulties. When diagnosing acne, … Read More

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Aliens have hearts with good and evil; what is in yours now?_1292

A reflection on Sacred Scripture at:
2 Samuel 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16
Psalm 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 and 29
Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22
Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a

It was curious to find out that we are celebrating the Feast of St. Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, on Saturday, March 15, this year, as it usually has been on the nineteenth. Also since St. Patrick’s Day falls within Holy Week this year, some dioceses are acknowledging St. Patrick on the fifteenth.

St. Joseph must be getting a chuckle out of this, because this is so typical. St. Joseph is known as the quiet, just man. He was literally given the responsibility of guiding and protecting the Savior of the world; yet we know very little about him. Some artists have tried to depict his docility by creating him as, what seems to this writer, a wimpy looking character. However to be … Read More

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Patient Rights – Top Ten List Of Most Violated

INTRODUCTION

Patient rights are under siege, as evidenced in a recent survey conducted by the National Institute for Patient Rights (NIPR). NIPR staff compiled the results based on responses from one-thousand randomly selected, former hospital patients who took part in the study. The results of the survey show that, despite billions spent on advances in medical technology, patients daily experience an erosion of their rights “at the hospital bedside.” Ironically, it may be a consequence of the success of science in medicine.

Among those responding to essay questions, the following was a typical scenario. A hospital admits a loved one with “complications” (a medical euphemism for “we really don’t know all that’s going on here, but there are several organs involved”). While the loved one rests stable in bed, a line of doctors and nurses seems to form at the door. One after another, doctors enter the room, make a … Read More

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