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“I Don’t Know What I Would Have Done without HealthWell”

During the month of August, Real World Health Care will take a short break from focusing on medical breakthroughs and the researchers who are shaping the future of medicine. We will instead bring you a special series from our sponsor, the HealthWell Foundation, about what happens when families cannot afford … (read full article)

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A Tale of Two Liver Transplants: Altruistic Compassion for a Compassionate Altruist

Editor’s Note: Real World Healthcare will be taking a brief hiatus during the month of August. During this time, we’d like to share with you some of the compelling stories we’ve published about patients facing both medical and financial hardships.   “Talk about your life changing in an instant,” Helen said, … (read full article)

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How HealthWell Foundation’s MS Fund Helped Charlie Get His Life Back on Track

Editor’s Note: Real World Healthcare will be taking a brief hiatus during the month of August. During this time, we’d like to share with you some of the compelling stories we’ve published about patients facing both medical and financial hardships.: Charlie Barron was raised to set goals, make plans, get … (read full article)

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Rebounding from the Impact of Multiple Sclerosis: The Champlin Family’s Story

Life has not been the same for Dee Champlin, her husband Mark and their two sons since Dee was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2008. The disease has imperiled Dee’s vision, severely limited her walking and weakened her memory and speech. But she and her family have always found … (read full article)

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Many Insured Americans Not Getting the Healthcare They Need

Last month, FamiliesUSA.org issued a sobering report about the disconnect between having medical insurance and receiving the healthcare one needs. The report concluded that for many Americans with non-group coverage (as opposed to having insurance from an employer or a public coverage program), deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs are prohibitively … (read full article)

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Awareness and Assistance Are Crucial to Fighting Hepatitis C

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, a time when the healthcare and patient advocacy communities rally support for the millions of Americans afflicted with the disease, including an estimated 3.2 million suffering from chronic Hepatitis C (also known as HCV). Over time, chronic Hepatitis C can cause serious health problems, including … (read full article)

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Retraining Retired Docs to Alleviate Physician Shortage

If the industry estimates are correct, the United States could be facing a shortage of primary care physicians to the tune of 130,000 needed doctors by 2025. But a program developed by a group of physicians, along with University of California San Diego School of Medicine faculty, seeks to address … (read full article)

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The Future of Healthcare Transportation? May Just Be Subscription-Based Ride Share

Meeting the health-care demands of the elderly community is already a challenging job, but patients who miss appointments add to that challenge. Unlike 20 years ago, today there are more independent seniors who live remotely from immediate family. At the same time, more surgical procedures are now done with patients … (read full article)

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30 Years of Health Disparities in Focus during National Minority Health Month

April is National Minority Health Month, a time to raise awareness about the health disparities that continue to affect minority populations. The observance traces its roots to a landmark 1985 report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that documented the existence of health disparities among racial … (read full article)

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Collaboration among Patient Advocacy Groups, Scientists & Clinicians Moves Porphyria Research Ahead

Editor’s Note: Recognizing National Porphyria Awareness Week this week, we invited Desiree Lyon, the Executive Director of the American Porphyria Foundation (APF), to share how her organization is supporting research that improves treatment and ultimately seeks a cure for this rare disease.  Patient advocacy groups addressing rare diseases play a … (read full article)