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Study: Average hospital outpatient visit cost approaching $500

Study: Average hospital outpatient visit cost approaching $500

Health
Dec. 13 (UPI) -- The average outpatient visitor to a U.S. hospital will pay close to $ 500, a new study says. The findings, published Wednesday in The Lancet Public Health, also found that the average inpatient stay in 2016 cost more than $ 22,000, putting health costs in the United States well beyond most other countries. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington conducted the research for a larger study on what the cost would be for universal health coverage, or UHC, in each country. "To achieve UHC, health officials in the government, private, and nonprofit sectors need to expand services to accommodate population growth and aging, as well as expand insurance coverage," said Marcia R. Weaver, a professor at IHME and study co-author, in a news relea...
Mental health: How body image pressure for boys has led to rise in hospital cases

Mental health: How body image pressure for boys has led to rise in hospital cases

Health
Getty ImagesThe number of boys being treated in hospital for eating disorders is at a record high.In the last seven years, the number of boys going into hospitals in England, Scotland and Wales has nearly doubled from 235 in 2010 to 466 in 2018. The figures are from the statistics agency NHS Digital.Eating disorders are one of the biggest mental health issues for young people in the UK and while there are more girls going into hospital than boys, the number of boys getting help is rising much faster. Health experts have put the growing numbers down to pressure from social media, but also more awareness about eating disorders may be encouraging boys to come forward to talk about their problems.Experts are also noticing a condition called "bigorexia," that is becoming increasingly common amo...
Blackpool hospital worker held over 'poisoning' claims

Blackpool hospital worker held over 'poisoning' claims

Health
A healthcare professional at a hospital has been arrested over the alleged administration of poison or a noxious substance to patients. Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust raised concerns over care to some patients on 8 November, Lancashire Police said.The allegations related to the alleged mistreatment and neglect of some patients on the stroke unit in November, police said.She has been bailed until 6 December.The worker has also been suspended from duty.'Reassure all our patients'The BBC understands officers are investigating the alleged incorrect administration of drugs.Det Ch Insp Jill Johnston said: "The inquiry is complicated and we have a team of specialist detectives working on this case who are also offerin...

Love Island star 'rushed to hospital after collapsing in pub'

Entertainment
Love Island's Amber Davies, 22, was rushed to hospital after collapsing in a pub, it has been reported.The Love Island 2017 winner was admitted to hospital after a night out in Wales amid fears she was spiked while out, according to the Sun.They reported she was out with a friend when she was seen screaming in a car park and pub staff called her an ambulance.She was taken to hospital as her mum Sue rushed to be with her, the publication claims. An onlooker said: "At about 11.20 she was walking up and down the car park with a guy. She suddenly hit the floor. She was completely unconscious."People came out of the pub to help her and put her in the recovery position. She was screaming like she was in agony."Paramedics were asking people if she’d taken anything. But no one saw h...
Detroit Lions P Sam Martin 'fine' after precautionary hospital visit

Detroit Lions P Sam Martin 'fine' after precautionary hospital visit

Sports
Detroit Lions punter Sam Martin said he has no lingering issues from the chest injury that sent him to the hospital following this weekend's loss to the Chicago Bears. Martin also said that he expects to play for the Lions (3-6) in their home game versus the Carolina Panthers (6-3) on Sunday (1 p.m. ET). The 28-year-old Martin was injured after being blocked by Bears wide receiver Josh Bellamy during the third quarter of Sunday's game. He remained on the ground for several moments before making his way back to the sideline. Martin was taken via ambulance to a Chicago-area hospital, with the NFL Network reporting that he was coughing up blood at one point. The 6-foot-1, 211-pound Martin was later discharged and flew home with the team. "It was precautionary. I'm all good. No story here...