medical care

There are a lot of challenges to living in the Florida Keys. The biggest is the cost of living. But even some people who can afford to live in the Keys are leaving anyway for another reason — the lack of access to medical care.

The Tsimane people are among the most isolated people in Bolivia. They number about 16,000 and live in 80 mostly riverbank villages of 50 to several hundred people scattered across about 3,000 square miles of Amazon jungle. They are forager-farmers who fish, hunt, cut down jungle trees with machetes and produce an average of nine children per family, says Michael Gurven, chair of the Integrated Anthropological Sciences Unit at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

The family of a man strangled to death by his roommate at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center has filed a wrongful death lawsuit, the Miami Herald reports. Raul Alexander Rios, 32, was being treated in the hospital’s psychiatric ward. His roommate, Alexander Thadeus Jackson, 31, is in jail, charged with murder.

 A coupon for a low-priced massage? Sure. How about one for a facial? Okay.

Deal-of-the-day sites like Groupon, where subscribers can find limited-time discounts for all sorts of  services, offer more these days than simple pampering on the cheap. They’re adding health care to the list.

The Florida Board of Chiropractic Medicine has ruled that it's not a violation of any laws or rules to advertise through Groupon or similar arrangements. Paul Lambert, general counsel for the Florida Chiropractic Association, said the feedback so far is positive.

The newest wave in health care may be as close as your computer.  More hospitals and doctors are using technology, such as Skype, to treat patients, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.  This can benefit patients who live too far from needed specialists, as well as allowing doctors to consult colleagues when dealing with complex cases.

The Florida House unanimously passed a bill that requires emergency medical care for infants born during botched abortions, the Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau reports. The measure, sponsored by emergency room doctor state Rep. Cary Pigman, R-Avon Park, still has to pass in the full Senate. Gov. Rick Scott supports the bill.

Sunshine State News

In the debate over Medicaid expansion, the voices of real people are often lost. As Sunshine State News reports, Medicaid can transform lives, as the program did for one Tampa family who can’t otherwise afford the medical care needed for a 9-year-old boy with a traumatic brain injury.