Drugstore dominance, and the Walmart Wild Card

While reading the August 16/17 2008 issue of the Financial Times to keep up with the global political news in Russia and Georgia, and Olympic medal drama in Beijing, I ran across a story that hit much closer-to-home: “Bitter pills in fight for drugstore dominance.” The announcement by CVS Caremark that it would acquire the […]

Read full story Comments { 1 }

Consumers may be tightening their health budgets, but kids come first

People have begun to ration themselves off of medical visits and prescription drugs, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). 1 in 5 Americans (22%) said they reduced visits to the doctor due to the slowing economy. 1 in 10 (11%) have reduced their prescription drug intake. The NAIC found that 85% of […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Gas 'n health care: Rite Aid's Fill Up & Fuel Up program

Rite Aid, a top retail pharmacy chain, awarded its first Fill Up & Fuel Up gasoline gift cards this week. I’ve been writing about gas ‘n health care since the inception of the Health Populi blog; see this inaugural post.Now comes a pharmacy connecting the dots between consumer spending categories: the interdependency of fuel and […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

When a 10+% health cost increase looks small to you, you need new glasses

The bad news: employers’ health premiums doubled between 1996-2006. The good news? Employers health cost growth will slow in 2009 to 10.6%. Good news? Huh? I get the fact that 10.6% is slower growth than, say, 11.2%. But it’s still double-digit cost growth, isn’t it? Aon Consulting opines that the 10.6% increase is the smallest […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Health care industry players doing a poor job with the public

People love their grocery stores, but still hate Big Tobacco and Big Oil. The Harris Poll’s annual survey of how Americans view the nation’s industries is out for 2008, and health care organizations — except for hospitals — continue to lose favor with the public.For over a decade, the poll has asked whether a particular […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }