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Health 411

How do I find the best nursing home for my mom? Can I fight hospital charges that seem wrong? There are so many details to keep track of when trying to get good healthcare it can be enough to make the savviest among us throw up our hands.

Lisa responds to reader’s questions about a range of health-related head scratchers in the L.A. Times consumer health column, Health 411.

May 19, 2012

Doctor’s office took co-pay it shouldn’t have taken

May 4, 2012

Health insurance law for children is being played out

April 20, 2012

Seniors from Canada have options for joining Medicare

April 5, 2012

When a health insurer won’t pay for an ER visit

March 22, 2012

Will Medicare cover wife when husband retires?

March 13, 2012

Aging mom may have dementia, and family doesn’t know what to do

February 27, 2012

Insurance for a cancer survivor

February 13, 2012

No co-pay for preventive care, but there are loopholes; Hospitalists are a growing part of the healthcare community. There are many advantages.

January 30, 2012

Lab fee differences; dental implant coverage

December 19, 2011

Medical Group Imposes Fee for Administrative Costs

November 14, 2011

Answers on healthcare and Medicare open enrollment


Several options for lodging patient complaints and insurance options with a pre-existing health condition


Questions on the road to breast cancer treatment


How to shop for best ‘Medigap’ coverage – Also: When does doctor’s behavior cross the line?


How insurance changes will affect disabled and the difficulties of changing a death certificate

Resolving medical bill disputes and finding answers to medical conditions that won’t clear up


Questions are answered on nursing home powers and health savings accounts


A list of pointers on locating a physician who takes Medicare and how to get your medical record updated.


Research security standards before storing medical data with a business. Also: Tips on continuing health insurance coverage after a layoff if you are HIV-positive


When advance directives are not honored, and how to get data on medical prices


Don’t let under-26 son go without insurance


There are limits to how much a doctor or hospital may charge for medical records