Tuesday's Personal Finance stories
- Your doctor's office is going high tech
- What to do if your child's doctor is always late
- Last-minute tax tips
- Consumer Reports: Don't buy this Lexus
It's not as though computers and other high-tech changes will eradicate medical errors, by any means. Read Kristen Gerencher's Vital Signs for more on the pros and cons of the big, and well-funded, push toward electronic health records.
One thing seems likely. The growing use of information technology in the doctor's office will create a whole new class of patients: nurses and doctors whose backs or shoulders give out on them.
-- Andrea Coombes , Personal Finance editor
Coming soon to a doctor's office near you: electronic health records. But it may take longer to find out whether broader use of health information technology lives up to its acronym and becomes a HIT.
See Vital Signs.
Your doctor soon may try using an electronic health record if he hasn't already -- and you can influence the direction that these EHRs take.
See Kristen Gerencher's Health Matters Blog.
She is a skilled doctor with a sweet bedside manner, but if my daughter's pediatrician keeps me waiting for close to an hour one more time, I'll be shopping for a new doctor.
See Diary of a Recession Baby.
Just a few hundred minutes left until the tax witching hour at midnight on April 15. Remember the days before electronic filing? Radio stations would broadcast from U.S. Postal Services branches that were open until midnight, and turned the night into party time. But if you haven't filed yet, you may not be in a party mood.
If you can't afford to pay Uncle Sam, you do have some options. Stephanie Hines, senior tax manager at BDO Seidman, weighs in.
Watch Video Report.
Add flipping over to the list of very bad things that could potentially happen behind the wheel of a Toyota-made vehicle these days, according to Consumer Reports test results published Tuesday.
See Ahead of the Curve.
The U.S. economy appears to be strengthening following the worst downturn in generations, but the recovery isn't setting anyone's heart on fire.
See Capitol Report.
U.S. small-business owners were more pessimistic in March than in February, according to a survey of companies released Tuesday by the National Federation of Independent Businesses.
See Economic Report.
While most economists are assuming that the Great Recession has ended, the umpire of the business cycle has just said it is too soon to tell.
See Irwin Kellner.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. on Tuesday voted to propose assessing higher fees on large, risky financial institutions and lower fees for some less-risky small and big banks for the agency's deposit-insurance fund.
See story on FDIC plans to assess higher fees on big banks.
The good news is that the bailouts worked. The bad news is the bailouts worked.
See David Weidner's Writing on the Wall.
As an investment, Europe has become a regional "non grata" among global fund managers, who have instead been putting more money into Japanese equities, according to the latest survey by Bank of America Merrill Lynch in April.
Yes, we hit 11,000. Propaganda. Yes, we'll quietly sneak past 11,722 (Dow's 2000 peak). Yes, we'll happily climb to 14,164 (Dow's 2007 peak). Maybe. But you're being conned: Even a new record of 14,165 barely equals CPI inflation the past 10 years.
See Paul B. Farrell.