Why telemedicine has been a bust: CNBC.com

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

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Why telemedicine has been a bust: CNBC.com

“The next big thing in health care? For more than a decade, it was supposed to be telemedicine,” Christina Farr writes over at CNBC.com. “Billions of investment dollars have been poured into apps and websites that offer this virtual consultations with physicians, ranging from Doctor on Demand to American Well. The theory behind them is […]

A past pre-existing condition shouldn’t mean my son is denied insurance: Stat News

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A past pre-existing condition shouldn’t mean my son is denied insurance: Stat News

“When our second child, Zade, arrived in 2004, my wife and I thought we knew most of the hazards facing babies,” Doug Hirsch writes over at Stat News. “Until the night in the fast food restaurant when Zade died. At least that’s what it seemed like. I had taken him to the bathroom to change […]

Sky-high deductibles broke the U.S. health insurance system: Bloomberg

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

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Sky-high deductibles broke the U.S. health insurance system: Bloomberg

“When Carla Jordan and her husband were hit with a cascade of serious medical issues, she knew that at least her family had health insurance through her job,” John Tozzi and Zachary Tracer write over at Bloomberg. “What she didn’t realize was that even with that coverage, a constant stream of medical bills would soon […]

Lobbying money from health and related industries dwarfs all others

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Lobbying money from health and related industries dwarfs all others

To no one’s surprise, lobbying money from health and related industries dwarfs  all other sectors. Here’s a quick chart from OpenSecrets.org, which tracks such things. Notice that even defense/aerospace trails pharmaceuticals and health products, insurance, hospitals and nursing homes, health professionals and health services/HMO’s. Strange breakdown, but there you have it.

Balance billing by providers — state consumer protections: The Commonwealth Fund

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Balance billing by providers — state consumer protections: The Commonwealth Fund

“Privately insured consumers expect that if they pay premiums and use in-network providers, their insurer will cover the cost of medically necessary care beyond their cost-sharing,” Kevin Lucia, Jack Hoadley and Ashley Williams wrote in a balance billing paper for the Commonwealth Fund in June 2017, analyzing the fragmented state-by-state situation for consumer protections. “However, […]

Medical mystery, or what happened to U.S. health spending after 1980? The New York Times

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Medical mystery, or what happened to U.S. health spending after 1980? The New York Times

“The United States devotes a lot more of its economic resources to health care than any other nation, and yet its health care outcomes aren’t better for it,” Austin Frakt writes over at The New York Times. “That hasn’t always been the case. America was in the realm of other countries in per-capita health spending […]

The new Massachusetts state health care website: The Boston Globe

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The new Massachusetts state health care website: The Boston Globe

“State officials are launching a website that attempts to make health care costs a little easier for consumers to understand,” Priyanka Dayal McCluskey writes over at The Boston Globe. “The long-planned website, MassCompareCare.gov, is scheduled to go live Wednesday. It contains information about health care costs and quality, and includes guides to help patients ask […]

The risky game one doctor plays to find affordable insulin: WBUR

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The  risky game one doctor plays to find affordable insulin: WBUR

“When Larry Rose filled his prescription for Lantus last year, and his copay came in at $400, he knew something had to change,” Martha Bebinger writes over at WBUR public radio in Boston. “Just three months earlier, a 90-day supply of the popular insulin brand had only cost him $15. Rose hurried in to see his […]

Drug copay assistance keeps patients alive and prices, premiums high: USA Today

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Drug copay assistance keeps patients alive and prices, premiums high: USA Today

“Leonard Rodgers, 80, Tempe, Arizona, gets help with the cost of his expensive prescriptions from non-profit Good Days,” Jayne O’Donnell, David Robinson, Ken Alltucker and Liz Freeman write over at the USA TODAY Network. “He talks about how he would be bankrupt in a few months if it wasn’t for the financial assistance. Copayment assistance […]