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Patients seeking help from their doctors through online portals may soon notice something new: fees for their doctors’ online advice.
A growing number of health systems in the Chicago area and across the country already charge for some types of messages sent through online patient portals, such as MyChart, with fees often around $35 or less. It’s a trend that has drawn mixed reactions, with some saying it seems only fair, while others see it as a cash grab.
Health system executives say most messages remain free, and they only charge for questions that require more than a few minutes of a doctor’s time and that in the past probably merited an in-person visit.
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A former gender-based violence attorney, a fast-food restaurant manager, a police officer and other male migrants joined churchgoers around tables in the basement Wednesday night. For most of these migrants, it’s the first time they’ve had a Thanksgiving meal.
After a bilingual service, New Life Community Church in Little Village hosted a holiday dinner for the congregation and a group of about 10 male migrants — mostly asylum seekers from Venezuela — from two different shelters in town.
Turkeys have been seen all over the Chicago area, observers say, including in McCormick Place and in Beverly on the South Side, Evanston, South Holland, Bull Valley and along the Fox River.
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The bird’s comeback is a conservation success story. Wild turkeys were once abundant in Illinois, but by the early 1900s they had been hunted into oblivion. Public and private conservation groups reintroduced them mid-century, and they have grown to steady numbers, with an estimated 5 million nationwide, despite a recent decline.
Difficulties will be the order of the day today as the US men’s national soccer team plays England at the World Cup.
It’s a sign of how deep Major League fandom has become in the Chicago area. Many teams have official fan clubs here, and supporters fill certain bars on weekend mornings when games kick off across the Atlantic.
The Chicago Bears will play at MetLife Stadium for the second time this season on Sunday against the New York Jets in East Rutherford, NJ. They lost to the New York Giants 20-12 in Week 4. The big question this week is the availability of quarterback Justin Fields — who suffered a separated left shoulder and torn ligaments in Week 11 against the Atlanta Falcons.
As the game approaches, our team of writers delve into four key topics around the 3-8 Bears.
“Gifting a book is personal,” writes Christopher Borrelli. “It tells me about you and tells me what you think of me. I guess any gift can do that. But give me a Colleen Hoover bestseller with a 40% off sticker attached and it will still speak louder than a new sweater.”
“What follows are some very specific messages to send this holiday season, paired with just the right books. There are rules for this: the right gift book is a great read and a pleasure package. Design matters. Unless it is a set of books with a theme—but even then the titles must addition, not a replica. That said, just remove the 40% off sticker.’