Personal responsibility for our poor health

  • Less than 3 percent of Americans meet the basic qualifications for a “healthy lifestyle.
  • Approximately 97.3% of Americans admit to not exercising, having a poor diet, smoking, and gaining weight.
  • 20% of deaths result from being a couch potato for those age 35 and older. Plus, 80% of American adults don’t meet basic physical activity requirements.
  • A new study goes one step further, finding that a sedentary lifestyle is worse for your health than smoking, diabetes and heart disease.

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Growth in the cost of health care has put sustained downward pressure on wages and incomes

  • Rapid growth in the cost of U.S. health care has put sustained downward pressure on wages and incomes.
  • This rapid growth of spending has not purchased notably high-quality care, however.
  • U.S. spending on health care is higher than in peer countries, while quality is lower.
  • These high costs cannot be attributed to overuse of health care in America; instead, it is clear that the high price of health care is the culprit. Prices for pharmaceuticals, physician salaries, and medical procedures are almost uniformly higher in the U.S. than in peer countries—sometimes staggeringly so.

Source:Economic Policy Institute 

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The cost barrier to healthcare

  • One quarter of Americans say either they or someone in their family has skipped necessary medical care because of the cost.
  • Older Millennials (ages 27-36) are more likely to forgo care due to cost.
  • 56 percent say they’re either very or somewhat worried that they might not have affordable health coverage in the future.

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Business as usual for drug companies

  • Despite Trump’s plan to lower drug prices companies still hiked prices far more often than they cut them. This year through the end of July, there were 4,412 brand-name drug price increases and 46 price cuts, a ratio of 96-to-1.
  • Pharma continues to try and confuse the issue of drug pricing by blaming hospitals and PBM’s.

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PhRMA defines the word “chutzpah”

  • Pharmaceutical and biotechnology sales revenue increased from $534 billion to $775 billion between 2006 and 2015. Additionally, 67% of drug companies increased their annual profit margins during the same period—with margins up to 20 percent for some companies in certain years. (Source: GAO)
  • Pharmaceutical companies continue to rake in the highest profit margins.
  • Eight of the 15 highest net profit margins were at drug companies.
  • Yet PhRMA has launched a social media campaign to point the finger at hospitals.

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Half of all deaths from cancer are associated with preventable risk factors

  • In the United States, 4 out of 10 cancer cases and almost half of all deaths from cancer are associated with preventable risk factors.
  • Nearly 20 percent of U.S. cancer diagnoses are related to excess body weight, alcohol intake, poor diet, and physical inactivity.
  • Many cases of skin cancer could be prevented by protecting the skin from ultraviolet radiation from the sun and indoor tanning devices. (Source: AACR Cancer Report 2018)

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