Houston Healthcare Initiative's Podcast
Houston Healthcare Initiative's Podcast
Harold Nicoll
The Houston Healthcare Initiative (HHI) is a member owned, non-profit medical co-op. Led by Houston based neurologist Dr. Steven Goldstein, the HHI will replace traditional health insurance for qualified individuals and families and provide incentives for members to adopt healthier lifestyle habits. 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.
Ivermectin Off Label Prescriptions for Covid-19
The off-label prescription options doctors have always had are still controversial when it comes to the ongoing global Covid 19 pandemic. Off-label prescribing is when a physician gives a drug that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved to treat a condition different than the one you’ve got. This practice is legal and even common. In fact, one in five prescriptions written today are for off-label use.
Oct 14
11 min
How Did This Happen? Weight Gain and Brain Chemistry During the Pandemic Lockdown
There were a lot of unintended consequences of the Covid-19 lockdown. Sadly, at a time when Americans should have been focused on their health, as a population we did anything but. During the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown the average American gained two pounds a month. Here's why.
Aug 9
17 min
Healthcare Payment Reform is Critical to Improving Primary Care
Access to primary care is a matter of the number of doctors who choose to pursue primary care as a career. Pay for those roles is lower than it is for most specialists. A lower number of primary care doctors are linked to 85 deaths every day according to a study published by the National Academy of Sciences. How can we manage all this? . To see many cash payment alternatives for healthcare, visit www.houstonhealthcareinitiative.org.
Jul 14
6 min
UnitedHealthcare ER Benefit Denial
On this edition of the Houston Healthcare Initiative podcast, Dr. Steven Goldstein describes UnitedHealthcare’s try at reducing emergency room claim payments by retroactively ruling that some emergencies were not really emergencies at all. The consequences of this could put patients in jeopardy. Listen to learn how this could affect you. And visit www.houstonhealthcareinitiative to learn about this and much more.
Jun 21
8 min
How To Hack Your Health Savings Account
In this installment of the Houston Healthcare Initiative podcast, respected neurologist and founder of the Houston Healthcare Initiative, Dr. Steven Goldstein, will explain the often-overlooked benefit known as the Health Savings Account. The Health Savings Account or HSA is a type of savings account that is used for medical expenses. Congress established them in 2003 for those with high deductible health insurance. It is a way to pay cash for routine medical care with pretax dollars. Because the HSA requires a high deductible, routine healthcare expenses are not covered by insurance but can be paid for by the HSA. HSA’s are potentially a good value for those who can take advantage. Listen to this and over 50 installments of the Houston Healthcare Initiative podcast at www.houstonhealthcareinitiative.com.
Jun 8
9 min
How to choose the right doctor
In the market for a new doctor? Wondering why you even need a primary care physician? There are lots of ways and reasons. Listen to the Houston Healthcare Initiative podcast with Dr. Steven Goldstein to get all the best information from an actual, practicing medical doctor. To learn more visit www.houstonhealthcareinitiative.org.
May 12
12 min
Covid 19 Pandemic Stress and Overeating
During the lockdown that was borne of the Covid-19 pandemic, Americans gained weight. How much you may ask? The American Psychological Association’s “Stress in America” poll, conducted in late February 2021 found that 42 percent of people surveyed reported they were heavier than the previous year. Sadly, this is not a new trend, but lockdown and isolation made it much worse. The pandemic and lockdown brought a lot of significant change to our society, our waste lines, and health. To learn more about this and other health related issues, please visit www.houstonhealthcareinitiative.org.
Apr 21
9 min
Patient Centered Healthcare
For those who ever tried something that said on the label ‘one size fits all’ there is some shared learning because one size never fits all. This is true for socks, t-shirts and healthcare. Yet in spite of this collective experience, we settle for doctors, hospitals and insurance companies who approach patients with templates designed to treat everything and everyone the same or at least very similarly. Instead of an emphasis on individual care, there is more weight placed on administrative efficiency. A better way to do medical business is the ‘patient centered care.’ On his regular podcast respected, Houston based neurologist and founder of the Houston Healthcare Initiative Dr. Steven Goldstein, describes how a patient centered model and cooperative payment method can work to the benefit of patients and healthcare professionals. Visit the web site at www.houstonhealthcareinitiative.org.
Apr 6
9 min
Healthcare By The Numbers
On this edition of the podcast, Houston based neurologist and the founder of the Houston Healthcare Initiative Dr. Steven Goldstein, will step us through the numbers associated with health insurance and hospitalization costs. Additionally, he will describe the profits hospitals and health insurance companies accrue and help us all decide was this a good way for all of us to spend money. Now make no mistake, neither one of us is against making a profit and no one works for free. Instead, Dr. Goldstein will show where the money came from and where it went. Ultimately, did the public purchase more benefits or receive a better value as a result of what they were charged. www.houstonhealthcareinitiative.org. 
Mar 22
9 min
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