A discussion of drug prices from a thinkfest in Aspen

A discussion of drug prices from a thinkfest in Aspen

Summary: Here’s the transcript of a thoughtful panel discussion on drug prices from the Aspen Institute, involving Zeke Emanuel, the co-founder of Blink Health, a Consumer Reports person, a hospital representative, and a pharma person, among others. Read and weep. Sample passage: “She did what thousands of Americans did and have told us that they […]

Pharmacy raises price of generic drug 3,000%: Problem and solution

Pharmacy raises price of generic drug 3,000%: Problem and solution

Summary: “You probably remember hearing the news a few weeks ago about a greedy hedge fund manager who acquired the rights to sell a life-saving medication just so he could raise the price of it by about 5,000%,” Dr. David Belk writes over at Huffington Post. “That was a pretty evil thing to do, and it […]

Health Insurers Pressing Down on Drug Prices: The New York Times

Health Insurers Pressing Down on Drug Prices: The New York Times

Summary: Increasingly, people are telling us that their medications are no longer covered by their insurance policy, or are covered but with a much higher out-of-pocket price. Andy Pollack wrote a remarkable piece in The New York Times this week pulling back the curtain on the price of prescriptions, and what you can do about […]

How Health Insurance Companies Keep Your Premiums High: Guest post

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

How Health Insurance Companies Keep Your Premiums High: Guest post

  GUEST POST SUMMARY: Many insurance plans make you go to an approved doctor at an approved hospital for approved procedures and take approved drugs. Even doctors often don’t have much say in this. We hand all this control to insurance companies and they use it, they say, to control their own costs. Is that all […]

The price of pills: Here’s what pharmacies are paying for drugs (guest post)

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

The price of pills: Here’s what pharmacies are paying for drugs (guest post)

SUMMARY: A terrific resource for prescription buying: a site that gives the average price pharmacies pay for every preparation of every drug they purchase in the U.S. We bring this to you courtesy of Dr. David Belk, a California internal medicine doc who has a deep interest in health-care pricing, and who wrote this blog […]