Pharma, alone, is not to blame for our sad state of healthcare

WHAT I”M THINKING: Are there things wrong with the pharma industry? Yes, but because of the pharma industry people are living longer lives with a better quality of life. Our whole healthcare system is dysfunctional and in order to bring about change every patient touchpoint needs to examined as well as pointing out that people are not exactly taking care of themselves.

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Employers are sharing more of their healthcare costs with their workers

SUMMARY: Faced with rising premiums, U.S. employers are sharing more of their costs with their workers, particularly through higher deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance. Recent research indicates that employer plan premium contributions and out-of-pocket costs, like those for prescription drugs, are eating up an increasing portion of household budgets

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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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