KEY TAKEAWAY: Drug prices, in 2014, were less than 10% of every health care dollar spent. While politicians and media writers, who only want to tap into popular subjects, continue to fan the flames of runaway drug pricing the real threats to healthcare spending are an aging population and a public that refuses to take responsibility for their own health.
KEY SUMMARY: A large majority of Americans (82 percent) report seeing or hearing prescription drug advertisements, and 3 in 10 (28 percent) say they have talked with a doctor about the specific medicine they saw advertised. After talking to a doctor about a drug they saw, 15 percent of the public says the doctor recommended changes in their behavior or lifestyle, 14 percent say the doctor recommended a different prescription drug, 12 percent say they were given the drug they asked about, and 11 percent were instead recommended an over-the-counter option. Source: Kaiser Health Tracking Poll
POST SUMMARY: I spent a lot of time this year leading qualitative research along with analyzing quantitative research. I keep all the research report findings in a binder and while it’s true that a lot of the insights can’t be applied across all health conditions there are some common needs/wants. Here are some of the most common..
More Americans surviving cancer than ever. The number of cancer survivors in the U.S. will grow to almost 19 million in 2024, according to a new report from the American Cancer Society. The report says there are currently 14.5 million cancer survivors living in the country.
After a serious illness, lifestyle changes often have the potential to dramatically improve a person’s overall health and quality of life. In fact, lifestyle factors such as smoking, diet and physical activity strongly influence how rapidly many diseases will progress. Amazingly, people who have already suffered heart trouble, diabetes or other lifestyle-related illnesses —people who intimately know the consequences of their behaviors — often have an especially hard time turning things around. At least 40% of smokers who survive a heart attack are still puffing away a year later.
If you watched media reports you would think that we are winning the war against cancer and that soon treatment will be readily available for a whole range of cancers. This is just not true and but this shallow reporting is now standard for the news industry and is leading to a lot of patient confusion. Health care professionals cannot sit on the sideline any longer they have to get involved by helping patients sort through the hype and the reality. It is quickly becoming more of a necessity than a luxury.
If you are a healthy consumer and take supplements or prescription fish oil your head is probably spinning at the news that shows men who have the highest levels of fish oil compounds have a higher risk of prostate cancer. Men with the very highest levels had a 71 percent higher risk of high-grade prostate cancer – the kind most likely to spread and kill, they report in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Now that is alarming.