The State of America's Health Care, Through the Eyes of Physicians

America’s internal medicine physicians have a prescription for reforming the U.S. health system. It’s a chicken-in-every-pot solution of: 1. A primary care doctor, and 2. Affordable and accessible health care for all. This solution comes out of the American College of Physicians‘ (ACPs’) view that primary care is in crisis mode in the U.S. The […]

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Vaccines update – more news, less confusion, and part of economic stimulus

In 2008, mass media coverage of vaccines seemed more focused on pop celebrity fights, pro- and con-, versus scientific revelations. Will 2009 yield more knowledge and less confusion? 2008 was something of an Amanda Peet-versus-Jenny McCarthy show, pro v. con, taking place on the covers of People magazine and in YouTube videos. But just in […]

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Wine and vitamins: what consumers are buying in the recession

Americans’ purchases at the grocery store are shifting based on the economic downturn. The headline from NielsenHealth is that consumers are searching for quality and value when shopping. And, people are cooking more at home and purchasing staple goods to have in the pantry. Americans are also buying more wine and vitamins. Dried vegetables and […]

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Consumers demand transparency and authenticity in financial services: implications for health

In this $819 bailout, post-Lehman Bros., post-Madoff, era, Americans are looking for clear, jargon-free, transparent information. According to a survey from Siegel+Gale, the branding consultancy, the two new “marketing imperatives” are transparency and authenticity. While the financial market implosion is top-of-mind among consumers in this economic downturn, it’s not only financial statements that Americans criticize. […]

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"Managed consumerism" – a look at the past decade of consumer-driven health from two gurus

“The performance of consumer-driven health care has fallen short of both the aspirations of its proponents and the fears of its critics,” according to a review of the state of consumer-directed health care published in Health Affairs. Jamie Robinson of UC-Berkeley and Paul Ginsburg of the Center for Studying Health System Change examine the first […]

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