Hospitals and devices could win, and and insurers and pharmas will be squeezed: Moody's opines on health care in a post-Obama U.S.

Moody’s, the credit rating agency, offers their post-election impressions in their special comment, U.S. Healthcare Industry: Credit Implications of the U.S. Election. Barack Obama’s campaign roughed out principles for health reform across three issue areas: Access and affordable health care Cost reduction Public health. Moody’s took these as lenses over the state of health care […]

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Shopping smart for medical devices: where’s the value?

The buyers of medical devices aren’t very good shoppers: they lack the kind of information about technologies that would help them make value-based purchasing decisions. So says James Robinson in the November/December 2008 issue of Health Affairs in his essay, Value-Based Purchasing for Medical Devices.   This issue is so important because medical technology is […]

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It's middle class economics — taxes, health, and education — that warmed up Obama voters

The first challenges President Obama should tackle are jobs, gas, health care, and the deficit, based on a poll of Americans who voted on November 4. These findings come out of a survey from Democracy Corps/Campaign for America’s Future survey of voters on November 4th and 5th, 2008, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. For […]

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More evidence on Americans, the economy and health behaviors from BearingPoint; remember that health is an asset

71% of Americans have cut household expenses as a result of the financial crisis in the U.S.,according to a new poll from BearingPoint, conducted by Zogby International. Here is more evidence that personal and family health decisions aren’t made in a vacuum separate from other household financial decisions: they’re part and parcel of the kitchen […]

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Citizens behave like health consumers in the economic downturn – food, drugs and Lasik surgery

From Lasik surgery to prescription-filling, consumers are responding to the U.S. economic downturn — which may result in either rational or irrational health behavior, depending on your lens on “health.” Retailers of health products are responding to the economic environment, in part, by co-branding with health suppliers and plans to gain traction with consumers. A […]

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