Healthcare potpourri from the media: What people are reading

Healthcare costs are spiraling out of control, and as more people fall for the way way to lose weight via the new diet drugs, more side effects are going to be reported. While the reduced price of insulin helps a lot of people diabetes continues to spiral out of control and will be a burden on our healthcare system for decades.

An Ozempic user will suffer from diarrhea for the rest of her life after sustaining a severe bowel injury — allegedly brought on by injections of the wildly popular weight loss drug.

The unidentified woman is one of a dozen people who have filed lawsuits against Novo Nordisk, the parent company of Ozempic and sister drug Wegovy, since November, according to a report published Saturday by the Daily Mail. All plaintiffs claimed the jabs caused gastroparesis — a rare condition that affects the spontaneous movement of the stomach muscles.

REALITY: We don’t have the data to say that this is a problem for these new drugs, but as the patient base increases, we could see more cases of gastroparesis and an unknown warning added to the label of these drugs.

Too many people can’t afford their healthcare.

Large shares of insured working-age adults surveyed said it was very or somewhat difficult to afford their health care: 43 percent of those with employer coverage, 57 percent with marketplace or individual-market plans, 45 percent with Medicaid, and 51 percent with Medicare.

REALITY: Out-of-pocket costs contribute to financial toxicity in cancer, but little is known about how they vary across various healthcare conditions. No patients should have to go broke to receive healthcare.

Diabetes in kids and young people is projected to surge dramatically.

Researchers estimate that in 2060, there could be as many as 220,000 people under age 20 with Type 2 diabetes, an increase of nearly 700%, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released Thursday. Those with Type 1, the most common type in young people, could see a 65% increase.

Overall, the findings estimate that more than half a million young people could have diabetes in 2060 if current rates continue and the population increases. In 2017, that number was 213,000, according to the study published in the American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Care.

REALITY: This will add a substantial financial burden to healthcare and employers. The industry has not done enough to encourage people to eat healthy and exercise.