Consumer engagement is growing in health and driven by costs

A few more consumers are engaging with their health and health care system, according to Deloitte’s second survey into health care consumers in the U.S. Perhaps that’s because 9 in 10 Americans believe that health care costs are a threat to their personal financial security — regardless of whether they have health insurance or whether […]

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Stressful times for States and Health Care in 2009-11

Don’t assume that State Medicaid programs will cover the vulnerable populations this and next year. Even with the stimulus funding provided in ARRA, Governors will be hard-pressed to cover all of the growing demands for health care among citizens in their states. Governors’ budgets are severely constrained due to declining tax receipts and increasing financial […]

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Consumer engagement 30 years on: still experimenting

When citizens have more financial skin in the health care game, do they behave more like consumers — looking for and finding value-based health care? And will that behavior lower health care costs? According to 30 years of this social experiment, the jury is still out. But value-based plans may be emerging as a useful […]

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Health costs as a global competitive disadvantage – the Business Roundtable speaks

“The problem with the U.S. health care market is that it doesn’t really function as a market – it leaves major consumer needs unmet, costs unchecked by competition and basic practices untouched by the productivity revolution that has transformed every other sector of the economy.” That quote isn’t from a Marxist-leaning, left-wing political operative — […]

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Hospitals' fiscal health is eroding

The current economic state of the American consumer-citizen is directly impacting the fiscal health of the American hospital.As fewer patients are seeking care for hospital services, providers are struggling to make ends meet. Over 50% of hospitals had a negative total margin in the fourth quarter of 2008; the year before, 31% of hospitals had […]

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