According to CBS Marketwatch “Aetna said it has lost $430 million on Obamacare plans during the first two years. During that same time the company spent $23 billion on administration, marketing, paperwork, junkets, bonuses and other overhead. That’s a ridiculous 26 cents for every dollar it paid out in actual benefits”. Continue reading
KEY TAKEAWAY: Continued research indicates that consumers don’t view pharma companies as experts in providing health information and will visit other health sites to obtain information on health conditions. Continue reading
KEY TAKEAWAY: For profit healthcare can work, but changes have to occur to ensure that those who cannot afford expensive medications or health insurance can still have the same chance of recovery as Americans who are financially well off. 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
A recent article titled What do cancer patients need from Oncologists? highlights important deficiencies in oncologist-patient relationships. The following advice encourages better patient communications from doctors and more satisfying doctor visits for their patients. 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.