KEY TAKEAWAY: While the media is focusing on the prices of prescription drugs what is not being discussed is that insurers almost never pay wholesale price for any drug. In addition, it’s estimated that clinical trial costs, per patient, are over $100,000. Continue reading
KEY TAKEAWAY: The biggest cost of our health care is not prescription drugs, but visits to the hospital which are increasing in double digits. Physicians are trained to treat “problems” but what happens when that problem is the patient themselves? Continue reading
KEY TAKEAWAY: A site like Patient Navigator helps patients navigate our complex healthcare system but the costs are high. A service like this should be offered free to customers of health insurers. Continue reading
KEY TAKEAWAY: In 2009, pharmacies paid slightly more than $100 for a 2-pack of EpiPens. The price has since skyrocketed to more than $600. The company has remarketed the decades-old device without making any significant changes since acquiring it in 2007. It has spent tens of millions of dollars on TV ads and donated the device to schools across the U.S., ensuring it was a familiar product. Perhaps what is most repulsive id Mylan’s response to the price increase. Continue reading
While cancer care if becoming more sophisticated and personalized, deaths from preventable disease continue to plague not just the U.S. but populations worldwide. Half of all cancer deaths are avoidable by reducing exposure to the sun, quitting smoking and maintaining a healthy weight. One third of cancer deaths in the U.S. is caused by tobacco, and another third are associated with obesity, a still emerging risk factor for cancer that much of the public has yet to appreciate. Why can’t the U.S. take the lead in the fight against unhealthy lifestyles.
KEY TAKEAWAY: Hospital spending – inpatient and outpatient – accounts for nearly half (45.3 percent) of projected insurance rate increases.“Preliminary data indicate that drugs are not likely to have a disproportionate impact on premiums in 2017,” Continue reading