Governador Jaques Wagner inaugura obras no municÌpio de Porto Seguro.
Na foto: InauguraÁ„o do Hospital Municipal de Porto Seguro.
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Hospitals with the Worst Readmission Numbers, Complications and Deaths

Looking for care from one of these hospitals? Maybe reconsider.

For patients in need of serious care, setting foot in the right hospital can be the difference between life and death.

We found 29 hospitals across the country that underperform in more than five categories Medicare tracks including stroke death rates, collapsed lungs due to medical treatments, 30-day mortality rates for heart failure, pneumonia, and heart attacks, serious blood clots after surgery and accidental cuts and tears from medical equipment – among others.

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Cities Where Medical Costs are Rising the Fastest

The cost of treating Psychoses increased 78% over just two years at Massachusetts General Hospital according to recently released Medicare procedure cost data. In 2013, the hospital charged an average of $60,955 for inpatient psychoses diagnosis compared to their 2011 average price of $34,180 – that’s more than a $25,000 increase. We found steep increases like these common throughout the country, but especially in states like Ohio and Massachusetts.

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Five Apps that are Improving Patient’s Lives

In the world of health, there’s a lot of room for improvement. Developers, artists and tech leaders know this and have been seizing the opportunity to create solutions to the ills of healthcare as we know it.

We at BetterDoctor are in the business of improving health care too. We’re passionate about connecting patients with the right doctors to get the best possible care.

Because we know keeping up with all the health tech that’s erupting is hard, we’ve rounded up six apps that are already improving patient’s lives, patient-provider communication and healthcare in general. Take a look: (more…)

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What’s the difference between an MD and a DO?

Both are types of licensed physicians, so why the difference in letters?

There are two breeds of doctors in the United States: Doctors of Medicine (M.D.) and Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.). Many people don’t even know there are two types — and that’s largely because the care you receive doesn’t differ much depending on whether you see an M.D. or D.O.

But there are differences in how they train to be doctors, occasionally in how they practice, and many times in their overall philosophies. Here’s a takedown of the differences:

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The Best Cities to Raise Active Children

California is the place to be

Studies show habits formed in childhood are far more likely to stay with a person into adulthood – especially physical activity. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, families who make physical activities a priority during childhood provide their children with a strong foundation for a lifetime of health.

Because active childhoods are so important, BetterDoctor crunched the numbers to find out where families are raising children and assessed school quality scores and outdoor metrics to figure out where the best cities are to raise active children.

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