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Actor Luke Perry passed away last week following what his publicist described as a ‘massive’ stroke. Perry was 52 years old. His death leaves people at or close to his age wondering if this could happen to them. We have absolutely the perfect person to talk with about this, neurologist and founder of the Houston Healthcare Initiative, Dr. Steven Goldstein. To learn more visit www.houstonhealthcareinitiative.org.

How Insurance Companies Medical Providers and Drug Companies Game the System

For those feeling beat up, picked on, and maybe even a bit bullied by their doctor, hospital and health insurance company there is probably good reason to believe that way. Doctors and hospitals are charging more for services and insurance companies are denying more claims.  Patients need both their health care providers and insurers, but as respected neurologist and Houston Healthcare Initiative Co-Op (www.houstonhealthcareinitiative.org) founder Dr. Steven Goldstein tells his podcast audience, this is not a normal ‘business-customer’ relationship.  The Houston Healthcare Initiative Co-Op podcast can be heard on Soundcloud,iTunesand the web site at www.houstonhealthcareinitiative.org.

Opioids and Pain Killers Can Make Back Conditions Worse

Dr. Steven Goldstein told listeners to his weekly podcast that not only were opioid pain killers not the best option for treating back pain but that they could make the situation worse. Dr. Goldstein is a well-known neurologist and the founder of the Houston Healthcare Initiative Podcast. The podcast can be heard on iTunes, Soundcloud and at www.houstonhealthcareinitiative.org.

Eliminate Managed Care; One Way to Solve the Opioid Crisis

The policy of some insurance companies to limit or refuse coverage for opioid based pain killers effects millions. While drug abuse of any type is terrible and to be avoided, opioid based pain treatments are important for millions who suffer from chronic pain. Here to help us sort this out is well known Houston based neurologist and founder of the Houston Health Initiative, Dr. Steven Goldstein.

Is Recovering from a Stroke is Easier than Losing Weight?

Houston based neurologist and founder of the Houston Healthcare Initiative (www.houstohealthcareinitiative.org) Dr. Steven Goldstein talked about the risk of strokes and their relationship to weight and obesity on his weekly podcast. While the outcomes from strokes are always bad, Dr. Goldstein allowed that from a pure psychological point of view, losing weight was more difficult than recovering from a stroke. “Assuming the patient survives and has the ability to rehabilitate him or herself, there is a lot of motivation for them to do the things that will lead to recovery,” Dr. Goldstein told his audience.

Losing weight means changes in lifestyle, adding exercise, eliminating things that we all like to eat and drink in a process that takes a lot of sacrifice. So it is very hard to maintain this type of change over any amount of time. While motivation for losing weight is psychologically challenging, but on the whole it is better to lose weight than endure a stroke.

Snoring Obesity and Health Risks

People who snore are more at risk cardio pulmonary disease, high blood pressure, stroke and poor mental health linked to lack of quality sleep. Dr. Steven Goldstein, Houston based neurologist and founder of the Houston Healthcare Initiative Co-Op describes what to do about all of this and even has a good way to help pay for it all. Visit the web site at www.houstonhealthcareinitiative.org to learn more.

The Many Consequences of Obesity and What to do About It

On the Houston Healthcare Initiative podcast, the facts and consequences of obesity. Obesity will affect mental and physical health, increase the odds of mortality in all cause related disease and raise the price of traditional health insurance.  Learn how to overcome obesity and earn financial rewards by calling  346-400-2789

Your High Blood Pressure Will Kill You

Over the past few weeks Dr. Steven Goldstein, a respected neurologist and founder of the Houston Healthcare Initiative co-op, talked about the benefit of early diagnosis of certain conditions that are possible when co-op members receive their free medical exam. One in particular is high blood pressure. This week we will discuss specifically one of these conditions that is possible to treat successfully with early detection. High blood pressure. Learn more at www.houstonhealthcareinitiative.org.

Achieve Your 2019 Health & Money Saving Goals Now

It’s the start of a new year and everyone gets a new start resolving to do things better or differently than they did before. The most popular of these resolutions every year involve health in some way and saving money. People determine to lose weight, stop smoking, exercise more often and fritter away less money every January and most get off to a good start. Just try getting into your local health club during the month of January this or any year. But as the weeks go by, eagerness for those health and fitness resolutions is replaced by apathy. Of course, healthcare is an everyday concern for Dr. Steven Goldstein who is a respected Houston based Neurologist and the founder of the Houston Healthcare Initiative Co-op. Click here to listen.

Did the Recent Court Ruling on the Affordable Care Act Really Change Anything?

The Affordable Care Act or Obama Care has been in the news a lot lately because of a court ruling that declared it unconstitutional. This happening the day right before the deadline for signing up for next year’s coverage. Of course, we are not lawyers here and cannot comment on the “legal-eze” but one thing that Dr. Steven Goldstein can comment on is the cost to businesses and people that this and other government regulation generates for all of us. He is a respected Houston Neurologist and the founder of the Houston Healthcare Initiative Co-Op.

What Is Prior Authorization & What To Do About It

Prior approval is a way that insurance companies decide on how or whether a prescribed medical service, medication, test or procedure meets their coverage criteria. What can people do? Listen to find out.

What If I Do Not Have Health Insurance?

What happens if someone does not have health insurance? The ramifications will affect the tax filings of people this year but be different next year. Beyond the financial implications, there are others for patients and their loved ones. Here to help us learn what to do and why is Houston based neurologist and the founder of the Houston Health Initiative Dr. Steven Goldstein. You can learn more about The Houston Healthcare Initiative Co-Op at their web site, www.houstonhealthcareinitiative.org.

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Complexities of Health Coverage

Healthcare and what causes rates for services and insurance to go up at a startling rate are complicated. What is not that complex is the need for an affordable way to pay for most medical and doctor related expenses. That is what the Houston Healthcare Initiative (HHI) is offering in the form of a member owned co-op. The HHI initiative can replace traditional health insurance for qualified individuals and families. HHI will provide affordable medical coverage through a combination of negotiated rates, low monthly payments, personal accountability and lifestyle incentives. The medical co-op promises to save qualifying individuals and families money on health insurance. At the same time, HHI will help uphold quality care by asking members to bear some responsibility and individual accountability for maintaining their personal health.

Changing Insurance Providers & Managing Change

Medical and health coverage is often a complex proposition for people whether they are thinking of changing providers or getting one for the first time. HHI has a free brochure and lots of other free information about the coverage available from the web site at: houstonhealthcareinitiative.org. Or call them at 346-400-2789 and talk with them in real time.

Unintended Consequences of Not Purchasing Insurance

Remember President Obama’s promise to lower health care rates? Experts now say health insurance will be crazy expensive again in 2019. The Heritage Foundation’s Doug Badger says Obamacare was supposed to get lots of young subscribers to sign up and help subsidize the older among us, but that didn’t happen. Young people found that in many cases paying the penalty was still less expensive than insurance. Consider too that millennials tend to marry and start families later in life than those who came before them, so the perceived need for insurance is not as obvious to them as it is for people who have more responsibility. Here to help us make sense of it all is Dr. Steven Goldstein, a much-respected neurologist and founder of the Houston Healthcare Initiative.

Fines for not purchasing insurance under ‘Obamacare’ were supposed to cause more people buy insurance and lower the cost, but neither happened. Dr. Steven Goldstein, respected Houston neurologist and founder of the Houston Healthcare Initiative (www.houstonhealthcareinitiative.org) discussed the ramifications of the cancellation of financial penalties associated with ‘Obamacare’ among other things, on his weekly podcast. To hear the podcast go to http://houstonhealthcareinitiative.org/the-houston-healthcare-initiative-podcast/.

As the Trump administration has cancelled the fines assessed for not purchasing health insurance that were mandated by President Obama, the impact of the removal of these government-imposed purchases did nothing to lower the price of insurance or make the American public healthier. The positive effect of Obamacare on the price of insurance was what was promised, though little happened to make charges for insurance more affordable.

Time To Renew Your Health Insurance

It is the time of year for all of us to renew our existing health insurance or pick a provider. Open enrollment for the individual health insurance market starts November 1 and lasts through December 15, 2018. The sign-up time and role of the government in our health care begs the question; is access to healthcare a right or is it a privilege or something else? Should we also have the right to not purchase insurance? To help us sort through this we need someone well versed in medicine and health coverage and we find both in the founder of the Houston Healthcare Initiative (HHI) Dr. Steven Goldstein.

Managing Prescription Medicine Costs

Prescription medicine is expensive, and in some cases unaffordable. The reasons for the high costs of some medicine are talked about by patients, physicians and politicians. But the reasons for high costs matter less than the reality that there are people who could get their medicine for a lot less money if they knew just a few things about how drugs are sourced and priced.  Here today to help us crack this code and hack drug prices is respected Houston based neurologist and founder of the Houston Healthcare Initiative Co-Op Dr. Steven Goldstein.

Most people have read or heard about how high the price of prescription medicine is here in the U.S. and how relatively inexpensive it is in other countries, especially Canada. What do the Canadians know? According to Dr. Goldstein, prices for drugs in Canada are set by a special review board that compares prices of medicine in Europeto then decide what to charge.  “Here in the U.S. Medicaid does not negotiate prices with the pharmaceutical companies and consequently the prices are higher,” Dr. Goldstein told his listeners.

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