Alternatives to Traditional Healthcare Push Back on the System

Posted On : February 20, 2018   In

  It is no secret that healthcare prices have been on the rise for years. The rise in prices has resulted in a landslide of problems for both insured and uninsured Americans. In 1960, the national yearly spending on healthcare was $27.2 billion, with the cost per person resting at $146. Fast forward to 2015, when the national spending took a huge leap to $3,205.6 billion, and the average cost per person was $9,990. Over the past three years, healthcare costs have only continued to rise. In 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, largely known as Obamacare, was

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Dr. Google vs. the Physician

Posted On : September 8, 2016   In ,

You wake up with a bad headache. You’re thinking it’s just a headache but your instinct is to hop online to find out more. Hours later you are convinced you have a rare brain tumor that’s inoperable and you won’t make it through the day. Okay, we admit, not all Google searches are this dramatic. This was to prove a point on how the Internet is a great resource but can cause turmoil at the same time. You start with a single symptom; then after what you read online, your mind can trick your body into thinking you now have

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A Game of Myth Busters

Posted On : August 5, 2016   In ,

  Freestanding Emergency Centers (FECs) are rapidly growing throughout the great city of Austin and the Greater Austin area. By now, everyone has seen one but not everyone knows what we do. A lot of people are still wondering if they are the same as a hospital-based emergency room or are they just another urgent care. The answer is yes and no. This confusion has brought up many misconceptions about Freestanding Emergency Centers. We are going to set them straight, right here, right now. Here are the top 6 myths about Freestanding Emergency Centers. Myth # 1 – Freestanding Emergency

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The Truth About the Zika Virus

Posted On : June 23, 2016   In ,

There is a lot of hype regarding the Zika Virus. Truth be told, it is unlikely that you will be infected. In 2015, there were less than 1,000 documented cases in the U.S. In addition, the symptoms are not as extreme as it may seem. It is basically a mild case of the flu. Symptoms can be so mild that you may not even know you have it. To clear up the confusion regarding the Zika Virus, let’s play a game of True or False. The Zika Virus is rapidly spreading throughout the United States. – FALSE As of June

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Recognizing a Heart Attack and What to Do

Posted On : February 5, 2015   In ,

– Written By Roy Champion, CPEC RN February is National Heart Health Month. It is a good time to not only reflect on what we can do to promote heart health but how does one tell when there is a problem, such as a heart attack.  Let us take a few moments to discuss the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and what you can do to increase your chances of survival. When we mention a heart attack, what images come to mind?  Television and other popular media have done a great job providing images of the patient who

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Tis the Season – For Cough, Cold and Congestion That Is

Posted On : February 1, 2015   In ,

Written by Roy Champion, CPEC RN As the weather gets colder and the holiday season approaches, so does the season for cough, cold, and congestion.  Family gatherings, get-togethers with loved ones, and of course the crowded shopping malls mean we are going to be in close proximity with one another.  And, no one wants to be sick over the holidays.  However, it is cold and flu season.  So, how do we prevent getting sick?  The answer is simple:   Wash your hands: soap & water are best but an alcohol-based rub is okay if your hands are not visibly dirty.

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