MEDICAL WATCH - A major testing company in the United States announced this week that it will now charge people without Medicare, private coverage, or other insurance a $125 out-of-pocket charge to receive a Covid-19 PCR test—
CORONA VIRUS - Community clinics in California that have been waiting for more than a year to be reimbursed for COVID-19 vaccinations may soon be flooding state officials with tens of millions of dollars in bills.
WELLNESS - Now that Covid has heightened awareness of disease and how infections play out differently across disparate populations, this is about an ignored health crisis that emphasizes the divide between East and West LA.
HEALTH CRISIS - For health workers on the front lines of California’s COVID fight, one of the more baffling moments of the pandemic occurred in relative obscurity last May, with the state suddenly awash in tens of billions of dollars in extra revenue.
MENTAL HEALTH - It feels odd to admit this, but I miss the stillness of the first few disorienting and terrifying weeks of the pandemic, when the noise and hustle of my world quieted down.
NORMALCY? - Even as the U.S. continues to exceed 2,000 deaths a day from COVID-19,
WELLNESS - Do you ever feel like you need a way to unwind after work? Maybe you're feeling stressed out from your job, or maybe you just don't have anything else to do. If so, here are some fun activities that you can try.
HEALTH CARE POLITICS - There has been a Jekyll and Hyde quality to American health care over the past two years.
HEALTH CARE - State health officials have proposed a no-bid contract that will allow Kaiser Permanente to expand its Medi-Cal coverage area, triggering anger from other health insurance plans and questions from a key legislator.
HEALTHCARE - "The doctor didn't show up, but the hospital ER still charged $1,012."
MEDICAL WATCH - Patient A, “Emily”, wrote a Yelp review for a prominent infertility doctor in California.
CALIFORNIA MATTERS - California workers will soon again have access to as much as two weeks paid time off for COVID-related sick leave, under a deal announced today by the governor and legislative leaders
COVID WATCH - When putting on a new mask, check for a snug fit around the mouth, nose, and chin.
HEALTH WATCH - Ever since the beginning of the pandemic, there’s been a disturbing caveat to the casualty reports.
ELDER CARE - Bradley Fisher, a 62-year-old retired mechanic, lived in a Bay Area nursing home for 14 years.
HEALTH CARE - California is still knee deep in the pandemic, with our health care system working overtime to serve patients.
WELLNESS - On the first weekend in January, Rochielle Jocson’s worst-case scenario became a reality.
VETERANS HEALTH - In recent years, both Republicans and Democrats in Congress have backed privatization of services provided by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).
HEALTH WATCH - As a third of hospitals report critical staffing shortages, California’s health department is considering issuing an order postponing many elective surgeries.
WELLNESS - Walmart and Kroger are raising prices for one of the more widely used at-home coronavirus tests, leading critics to accuse the U.S. retailers of exploiting an Omicron-fueled surge in demand for the kits to pad their bottom lines.
HOSPITAL CARE - As frontline health care workers prepare for the next coronavirus wave to hit California, almost everyone involved in the battle agrees on one thing: What happened during the last peak surge was as easy to explain as it was grim.
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