• Drug prices continue to fuel media stories and drive politicians to action but, for the most part, the real driver of high healthcare costs is being ignored.
  • The total percentage of non-elderly people with insurance and affordability problems to 26.2%.
  • The number of US adults with diabetes increased from 21.2 million in 2003-2004 to 30.2 million in 2013-2014, while the prevalence of obesity rose from 31.7% to 37.5% over the same period.
  • Millennials are on track to be the most obese generation.

KEY TAKEAWAY: Diabetes leads a list of just 20 diseases and conditions that account for more than half of all spending on health care in the United States, according to a new comprehensive financial analysis.  Should doctors tell obese patients that they are endangering themselves and  on the road to a debilitating disease?

670g-image-1KEY TAKEAWAY: Designed to make insulin delivery less of a hassle by automating it, the MiniMed 670G by Medtronic was called “revolutionary” and a game changer after the Food and Drug Administration approved it in September. But families like the Weddings say the device, slated to hit the market in spring 2017, has been incredibly overhyped.

083115_diabetescost_THUMB_LARGEKEY TAKEAWAY: According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of people living with diabetes has quadrupled since 1980, growing to more than 400 million. And with this rise in disease, sales of diabetes-related products have also climbed. In fact, in 2015, American consumers spent $592 million on such products.[inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”” suffix=””]The cost of diabetes drugs rose 150 percent for six popular, brand-name diabetes drugs[/inlinetweet] in the past five years. Two of these drugs rose in price more than 250 percent.