Morning Meds: Google Pharmacy Ads, Generics and More

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Regulators

Morning Meds: Google Pharmacy Ads, Generics and More

News we’ve been reading from the world of prescription drugs and pharmacy: *The Department of Justice has opened an investigation into whether Google illegally displayed ads for pharmacies operating outside legal bounds, according to The New York Times. The Times dug the story out of a financial statement filed with the SEC last week that reads: Department […]

Patients and doctors, all dissatisfied

Patients and doctors, all dissatisfied

Doctors and patients have wildly differing perspectives on the health-care marketplace,  and yet they share a feeling of dissatisfaction. Both constituencies were interviewed in a pair of newly released studies by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Talking About Health Care Payment Reform with U.S.Consumers and Talking with Physicians about Improving Payment and Reimbursement. The big […]

Individual responsibility for health care

Individual responsibility for health care

‘”The internet has changed people’s relationships with information,” writes the invaluable Susannah Fox at the Pew Internet and American Life Project, in a new report about the social life of health information. ‘Our data consistently show that doctors, nurses, and other health professionals continue to be the first choice for most people with health concerns, […]

The Day

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Health Care Spending in the United States and Selected OECD Countries April 2011 The Kaiser Family Foundation Google Health: Has it been put onto life support? thehealthcareblog.com/ It doesn’t matter what people say:  The GOP cannot privatize and voucherize Medicare.  The attack on Medicaid, however, is another story. Ezra Klein, The Washington Post. An aging […]

Morning Meds

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Morning Meds

I’m new here to ClearHealthCosts, and jumping right into the pharmacy beat. I’m looking forward to it–even for those of us who rarely darken the door of a local hospital may have longtime prescriptions that need to be filled. And like nearly everything in the health care world, figuring out how to get the most […]

Remember the uninsured?

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Remember the uninsured?

The continued stream of dispiriting news about rising health costs sometimes threatens to overwhelm us. Uninsured people are able to pay for about 12 percent of their hospitalization bills, according to a report released yesterday by the Department of Health and Human Services. The bills that go unpaid are then passed on to people who […]

The day: Insurance denials, cost variations, comparing plans

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Top links of the day (and week) in health-care news: Investigative journalism interview on insurance company’s denials of health claims William Heisel, reportingonhealth.org. Part 2 of investigative journalism interview on insurance company’s denials of health claims William Heisel, reportingonhealth.org. The cost variations in health care: what causes them? changehealthcare.com. New Labels Will Soon Help Consumers […]

Those expensive stitches, Part 2

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Those expensive stitches, Part 2

Truths: American health-care pr0viders charge more because they can. Administrative costs for our enormously complex health-care system take a big bite out of the health-care dollar. Administrative efforts are not great at catching waste and fraud. Myths: Our sytstem is fraught with waste over things like malpractice and obesity. Our health costs are high because […]

Women and health insurance

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Women and health insurance

The Kaiser Family Foundation has a new study out, and I find it incredibly unsettling. Called “The Women’s Health Care Chartbook,” it gives key findings from a survey Kaiser did in 2008 of women’s health issues. Of course, the economy has gotten worse since then, with more people out of work for longer periods, and […]