Opioid’s: Common Sense Has Been Abandoned

  • States are suing Purdue pharma because “they all want a slice of the pie”. More than 1,500 pending civil lawsuits, filed mostly by state and local governments, allege that deceptive marketing claims helped fuel a national epidemic of opioid addiction and thousands of overdose deaths.
  • In reality a checks and balances system failed at all levels.
  • HCP’s, insurers and wholesalers all are equally responsible for the opioid addiction problem that’s going to cots out healthcare system hundreds of millions of dollars to solve.
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Forget drug prices this is the greatest threat to our healthcare

  • The average American is heavier than at the start of the 21st Century — and very close to being obese, according to Centers for Disease Control data on body metrics.
  • The average American man is 5-feet, 9-inches tall and weighs 198 pounds; an average woman is 5-feet, 4-inches and 171 pounds.
  • The Obesity Society, a scientific research organization, this month classified obesity as a worldwide, non-communicable chronic disease.
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Can we control rising healthcare costs?

  • Drug companies indicate that price increases are coming in 2019 adding more fuel to the fire for “Medicare for all”.
  • The average American is heavier than at the start of the 21st Century — and very close to being obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control data on body metrics.
  • Nearly three in 10 Americans are delaying healthcare treatments because of their cost, a Gallup survey said Monday.
  • More than one-third of women in the U.S. report skipping needed medical care because of costs, a far higher rate than the other countries included in the study.
  • After climbing modestly between 2011 and 2016, average premiums for employer health plans rose sharply in 2017.
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Lonely baby boomers represent a public health threat

  • Baby boomers are aging alone more than any generation in U.S. history, and the resulting loneliness is a looming public health threat. (Source: Wall Street Journal)
  • That amounts to about eight million people in the U.S. without close kin, the main source of companionship in old age, and their share of the population is projected to grow.
  • Researchers have found that loneliness takes a physical toll, and is as closely linked to early mortality as smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day or consuming more than six alcoholic drinks a day. Loneliness is even worse for longevity than being obese or physically inactive.
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Women in the US lag in access to health care and health status

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  • Women in the United States have long lagged behind their counterparts in other high-income countries in terms of access to health care and health status.
  • U.S. women report the least positive experiences among the 11 countries studied. They have the greatest burden of chronic illness, highest rates of skipping needed health care because of cost, difficulty affording their health care, and are least satisfied with their care.
  • More than one-third of women in the U.S. report skipping needed medical care because of costs, a far higher rate than the other countries included in the study.
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