The Affordable Care Act has inadvertently caused a shift in how people pay for medical services. While hospitals now want to make patients pay upfront because of mounting hospital debts the under-covered are unable to pay, some primary care physicians opt to have patients pay for services like sick visits to provide better care.
It's very important for patients and family members to decide how they are their loved ones would like to spend their final days. But, how do doctors go about addressing the delicate issue of end-of-care planning?
Researchers report that obese patients tend to change doctors more frequently because they have a harder time finding one that they like.