Cash-strapped Rio de Janeiro Hospitals Turn Away Patients, Shut Doors, Prompting Healthcare Crisis in Brazilian City

State governor declares ‘state of emergency’ and asks central government for aid to get healthcare facilities reopened in city that will host 2016 Summer Olympics As U.S. healthcare officials look to contain the spiraling cost of care in this country, government leaders in Brazil are facing an unprecedented healthcare crisis that has caused cash-strapped public hospitals in Rio de Janeiro to close their doors or limit services due to lack of funds. No News Coverage about Brazil’s Medical...

Digital-Era Millennials Using New Tools to Select Doctors, Stay Informed, and Shop for Care, Including Selecting Clinical Pathology Laboratories

Medical laboratories can get ahead of the trend by developing processes for serving younger healthcare consumers in different ways Experts say that Millennials are rewriting the rules of healthcare. Rather than following in baby boomers’ footsteps, this new generation of young adults shops for healthcare in ways that may change the provider-patient relationship for all providers, including pathologists and medical laboratories. Also known as Gen Y, this generation interacts with healthcare...

Federal Appeals Court Hears Arguments in the Myriad Genetics’ Gene Patent Case

At issue is ability of biotech companies to hold patents on genes that might be used in clinical laboratory testing Patents involving human genes have always been controversial among pathologists and clinical laboratory managers. This is one reason why many in the medical laboratory testing industry are following the progress of the well-publicized lawsuit that challenged certain patents involving human genes that are held by Myriad Genetics, Inc. (Myriad), of Salt Lake City, Utah. In the...
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