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Cities Where Big Pharma Pays Doctors The Most

What does your doctor get from the drugs he prescribes you? Is it a lunch once a year, or is it millions of dollars in payment for speaking engagements and trips to London?

More than half a million doctors received money totaling over $3.5 billion from pharmaceutical companies between August and December 2013.  These payments include monetary gifts, trips and hotel fees, consulting fees, speaking fees, food and beverages, tickets to concerts and sporting events, royalties and more. (more…)

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How Has The Affordable Care Act Impacted Americans?

A Congresswoman recently asked for Obamacare stories on her Facebook page.  Although she asked for horror stories, she received something very different–stories from consumers who have benefitted from the Affordable Care Act.

The ACA revamped our healthcare system in several ways, including:

  • Establishing an individual mandate, which requires Americans to purchase a health insurance policy and expands funds for low-income Americans
  • Requiring businesses to provide health insurance to their employees
  • Allowing people to remain on their parents’ health insurance until they are 26
  • Requiring more comprehensive coverage from health insurance companies, including preventative treatments
  • Banning insurance companies from denying coverage due to pre-existing conditions or raising rates once a patient becomes ill
  • Banning gender discrimination in pricing

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BetterDoctor Introduces User Accounts and Saved Doctors

At BetterDoctor, we want to help you keep all of your important medical information in one place, where you can easily access it on-the-go and share it with your partner, children, babysitters, parents and whoever else you want.

With an account, you can save doctors to your profile with a quick click of the heart.

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When you access your account, you’ll get a list of your own saved doctors as well as recommended doctors in your area.  Doctors are recommended based on the BetterDoctor algorithm, which offers a holistic assessment of a doctor’s quality based on their education, experience and referral network.  The data-driven algorithm incorporates 7 variables, including the quality of the doctor’s medical school, years of experience, number of patient referrals from other doctors and other factors. (more…)

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Bicycle Index: Most Bike-Friendly Cities

Cycling is a cardio workout, but it’s easier on your joints than running.  It’s a low-cost way to exercise that requires few special skills or equipment. Cycling is accessible for those who don’t have the money or time to devote to fitness.  And studies show that bike commuters report lower stress levels than those who commute by car or public transit.

Leading an active lifestyle is one of the best ways to engage in preventative care and make sure you see the doctor less.  BetterDoctor crunched the numbers to determine which cities are the best and safest for bikers.

We used the following factors to determine how bike-friendly a city is: (more…)

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4 Baby Sleep Hacks: Get Your Baby To Sleep 10 Hours A Night By 2 Months

The first weeks after bringing a baby back from the hospital are full of excitement, happiness and wonder. But after couple of months, the initial dreamy state transforms into routines, and parents start to think of the future.

We had made the decision to breastfeed our baby boy for the first 6 months, but the constant lack of sleep started to take a toll on my wife. It was frustrating to notice that I could do little to help as she was the sole food supply and needed to feed the baby 9 times a day. We asked ourselves, how can we survive without sleep? Is there a way to get our baby boy to sleep better? What can we do differently? We found Suzy Giordano’s book Twelve Hours’ Sleep by Twelve Weeks Old: A Step-by-Step Plan for Baby Sleep Success to be a great resource to start baby “sleep hacking.”

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This is What Healthcare Transparency Looks Like: Procedure Cost Pages

Four years ago, we founded BetterDoctor with a mission to drive healthcare transparency by offering simple-to-use tools that help you find the best doctors. One of our major objectives was to give an answer on specific questions like,”Who is the best orthopedist focusing on knee replacements in San Francisco?”

Today we are super excited to launch our Procedure Cost Pages that answer these very questions and help you find the best doctor by the most common procedures.  As part of our quest to provide consumers with more transparent healthcare information, BetterDoctor’s Procedure Cost Pages allow you to search over 100 commonly performed medical procedures to find the cost, frequency performed and best doctors. And best of all, we tailor the results so they’re accurate for your city and state. You can compare costs in your city to the average national costs, and you can find doctors in your area who are best for the procedure. The recommended doctors are recommended based on their rating, the number of times they have performed the particular procedure in the past year and the price they charge for that procedure. (more…)

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Top Oral Health Tips From Dentists

According to the American Dental Association, 28% of adults between the ages of 35 and 44 have untreated tooth decay.  Bacteria from your mouth can travel through the bloodstream to cause inflammation and infection in the rest of the body, and studies have tied poor oral health to cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, obesity and other conditions.

Why should you value your oral health, and what steps should you take to be healthier? BetterDoctor got advice from the experts: dentists themselves.

Why is oral health important?

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7 Steps to Picking the Best Pediatrician

Choosing a pediatrician can be a daunting task for parents. This doctor will likely be involved in their child’s life for 18 years. BetterDoctor has created a 7-variable, data-driven algorithm to determine doctor quality based on factors like medical school quality, referrals from other doctors and years of experience. While this is a good starting point, there are other factors that determine whether a pediatrician is a good fit for your family.

We put together a list of tips to choosing the best pediatrician from those who know best: doctors themselves. (more…)

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Five Ways Most Physicians Harm Their Online Reputations

Ignoring your online reputation in today’s internet everything age is a recipe for disaster. According to a recent survey on BetterDoctor.com, 83% of people use Google when searching for a new physician. When you Google yourself, are you happy with the results? Your prospective patients might not be either.

Avoiding these five mistakes will help you establish, improve and track your online reputation. You didn’t go to medical school so that you could be a marketer, so we’ve chosen the five most high-impact steps you can take to improve and maintain your online reputation. (more…)

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Fit Cities Index: Most Active and Most Sedentary Cities

Studies show that physical inactivity can lead to an increased risk of cancers, insulin resistance, heart problems and cognitive decline. Where you live can be a large factor in determining how sedentary your lifestyle is as well as your exercise options.

According to Dr. Jeffrey Hallam of the University of Mississippi Center for Health Behavior Research, “In Portland, Oregon, many people bicycle or walk everywhere, and there is a social expectation that others should bike or walk,” he said. “But in Mississippi, that expectation to be physically active isn’t as strong.” (more…)

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