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. Continue reading
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 Continue reading
“Nobody has figured out how to make consumers — patients — care about mobile health technologies. “And if we don’t [figure that out], m-health will be another tech bubble”. Dr. Joseph Kvedar, director of the Center for Connected Health. Continue reading
POST SUMMARY: Drug marketers may be wasting a lot of money trying to drive demand for their products because the current healthcare system is getting harder to navigate and it’s making it harder for patients to be “consumers of healthcare“. Continue reading
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..
POST SUMMARY: Today, consumers of healthcare want authenticity when researching health information, but that means a lot of things to different people. Continue reading