Farmers Market Index: Top Cities for Community-Oriented Markets

In recognition of National Farmers Market week (the first full week in August), we decided to take a closer look at where farmers markets are doing the most good in their local communities.

By providing a space for direct to consumer sales of freshly grown local vegetables, both farmers and shoppers benefit. We realize every farmers market has a positive impact on a community, and we wanted to see where farmers markets are going above and beyond – by accepting WIC credits, SNAP dollars, providing fresh foods to lower-income elderly populations, and including more than just farmers in the micro economies but also contributing cultural value as a place for artists to showcase their arts and crafts.

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How to Save Money While Getting the Best Care

Do you need a procedure that will require a hospital visit? Are you dreading the price, or the hunt for the right doctor?

At BetterDoctor we’re in the business of healthcare transparency. We like helping people find the right care, the right provider and all of it at the right price. To help you out, we’ve developed a three-step plan to getting the best, most appropriate care for your hospital procedure.

There are three things you can do to save money and put your mind at ease before your operation: Get a good doctor, shop around and know your rights.

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How to Choose the Right Type of Insurance Plan

Still wondering what the difference is between an HMO and PPO? You’re not alone.

Understanding different types of health insurance policies is a critical part of getting the right one for you. People who understand the types of health insurance plans and how to examine them are able to find the right insurance for them – and not overpay or be under-covered.

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What is Cost-Sharing?

When insurance plans cover some of the cost of a particular doctor’s office visit, treatment, test, procedure or prescription – but not all of it – it’s called cost-sharing. You and your insurance company are ‘sharing’ the cost of something health related. It generally includes deductibles, coinsurance, and co-payments.

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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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