Insurers bearing the brunt of COVID-19 test costs. That might mean higher premiums.

At Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, which received about 600,000 claims for COVID-19 tests by the end of July, roughly 30,000, or 5 percent, came from freestanding emergency centers and out-of-network providers. They accounted for 13 percent of charges, said Shara McClure, senior vice president of Texas health care delivery for the insurer — […]

Little protection for sanitation workers during COVID-19 pandemic, finds survey

“During the ongoing pandemic, I have received only one pair of gloves, made up of cheap material. I take it back home every day. Sometimes, my kids touch it, and my wife washes my gloves. Thus, my job entails putting my entire family at risk,” he said.

Parents and other caregivers are more stressed and in poorer health due to pandemic, report finds

Some 57% of all caregivers reported clinically significant levels of stress, anxiety or depression and many are turning to unhealthy behaviors to cope, according to the 2020 Archangels National Caregiver Survey, a separate report done in collaboration with BCBS.

Africa Struggles with Health Worker Strikes During Pandemic

The Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) announced a strike on Monday “over poor pay and dilapidated health facilities,” Kenya’s Daily Nation reported. “Medical workers in the country endure unfavorable working conditions that have recently been “worsened by the Covid-19 [Chinese coronavirus] pandemic,” KMPDU Secretary-General Chibanzi Mwachonda said in Nairobi on Monday.

Tens of thousands of Covid-19 hit workers receive employment support in HCMC

According to HCMC Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, more than 21,000 companies in HCMC have shut down or dissolved as of early September 2020, mainly in the fields of footwear, tourism and hospitality, catering, transportation, warehousing, wholesale and retail. More than 328,000 workers lost their jobs or had to work alternate shifts with […]

Late referrals, lack of insurance key concerns for pvt hospitals treating Covid-19 patients

The health ministry said that no Covid-19 patient must be denied admission and the treatment must be affordable and accessible to ensure that the mortality rate of the infection can be brought to below 1%. The ministry stressed the importance of timely treatment in co-morbid patients to reduce fatality. Hospitals were also asked to protect […]

Covid-19 patients must not be denied beds, provided prompt treatment: Health Ministry to hospitals

“He reiterated the resolve of the Government to ensure that patient of Covid-19 must not be denied beds and must be provided prompt treatment. The collective goal must be to have a health system that available, affordable and accessible to all. He highlighted that the aim of the Centre along with the state/UT governments is […]

Future Taxes Could Be ‘Big Shock’ For Workers Collecting Unemployment, Expert Warns

But Logan says that is not the only issue. She says getting the extra money could jeopardize health insurance coverage, telling WBZ that if one has received the extra money, it could put them in a different tax bracket. That could get them pushed off Massachusetts Health, meaning they would have to pay those tax […]

Startup soars, providing in-house health care in the time of the coronavirus pandemic

“It’s not like the hospital, where brick-and-mortar business is such that it loses money on Medicaid, but makes it on commercial patients,” said Harris, the board member who is also a partner at Deerfield, and who was the federal government’s chief health-care financial officer from 2013 to 2015.In 2021, Ready plans to launch a pilot program that […]

Nursing Home Workers Were Underpaid, Overworked, and Denied PPE. And Then COVID Hit.

One CNA told me she regularly has to choose between making sure a resident gets fed, another gets cleaned up, and getting to a serious “fall risk” who’s wandered into the hallway. So she goes to help the fall risk, who is trying to get to the bathroom by herself because she couldn’t wait. She […]