Couch Potato Index

SUMMARY: Consumer Protect looked at states where adults engage “in zero physical leisure activity,” which they dubbed the “Couch Potato Index.” Kentucky was No. 1, with 34.4 percent of adults in the state engaging in zero physical activity. Mississippi and Arkansas followed behind with 33.2 percent and 32.5 percent, respectively. There are many obesity-related health conditions, namely heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer and stroke, among other health ailments, according to the CDC. This is costing us ALL more healthcare dollars.

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Pharma’s addiction to consulting companies

SUMMARY: According to the NY Times “McKinsey offered advice to a drug company on how to increase opioid sales at a time when abuse of its pain medicine was widespread. Earlier this month, the State of Massachusetts released new documents from 2013 that detailed McKinsey’s recommendations on how Purdue Pharma could “turbocharge” sales of its widely abused opioid OxyContin. The state said McKinsey advised Purdue to sharply increase sales visits to targeted doctors and to consider mail orders as a way to bypass pharmacies that had been tightening oversight of opioid prescriptions.

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20% of cancer expenditure is thought to inefficient​

SUMMARY: The prevalence, complexity, and costs of cancer are rising – yet, across healthcare, up to 20% of expenditure is thought to be spent on interventions that are deemed inefficient.9 There is thus an urgent need to ensure that cancer care is delivered
as efficiently as possible for the sustainability of our healthcare systems.

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Over half of people say they don’t trust pharma companies at all

TODAY”S DATA POINT: In the July 8-10 poll of 1,988 registered voters the pharma industry was the subject of intense ire. Three in 4 voters say they have little or no confidence in drug companies to reduce costs; over half say they don’t trust pharmaceutical companies at all.

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Medicare for all is not the answer

KEY THOUGHT: While offering all U.S. citizens free health care using a single-payer system sounds attractive as a political talking point, actually implementing Medicare for All would require a complex restructuring of a multi-trillion dollar industry and cost trillions of dollars. Rather than make promises that don’t make sense politicians should strengthen the ACA and fix its shortfalls.

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