There’s a new New Yorker cartoon I’m using in a presentation today to a health plan titled, “Starbucks goes downscale: drinks for the post-latte economy.” Three new drinks are offered in the economic downturn-menu: instant coffee with Cremora, the Big Gulp of “American joe,” and my personal favorite, “The Floyduccino.” It’s this last drink I […]
ePrescribing = safety, lower costs, and better health care. This consensus was clear last week during a major meeting of stakeholders at The Brookings Institution discussing the prospects and barriers to ePrescribing (eRx). Matthew Holt and I wrote a report back in 2006 for the California HealthCare Foundation where we discussed the opportunities and barriers […]
Older workers will work longer to keep health coverage. But even as they do so, they’ll confront a dwindling supply of medical specialists. Watson Wyatt (WW) found that people over 50 years of age who receive health benefits from employers and don’t expect to receive these benefits in retirement are 16.5 percentage points less likely […]
Wal-Mart continued its first-mover tactics in health by dropping the price of prescriptions again. This time, the target (sorry for the pun) is maintenance meds which Wal-Mart will price at $10 for 90 days’ supply. This move puts Wal-Mart squarely in the pharmacy benefits management (PBM) segment vis-à-vis ExpressScripts, Medco, and the big PBM players. […]
The world is flat, but American manufacturers have known that since before Tom Friedman published the book on the subject. Globalization means American companies compete with foreign trade partners. The New America Foundation calculates that U.S. manufacturers pay an average of $2.38 an hour for health benefits, while trade partners pay only $0.96 an hour. […]
About Jane & Health Populi
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn is a health economist and management consultant that serves clients at the intersection of health and technology.
Her clients include all stakeholders in health, including providers, payors and plans; companies in biopharma, medical devices, financial services, technology and consumer goods; non-profits and NGOs. Jane's lens on health was best described by Dr. Regina Benjamin, U.S. Surgeon General, who says that health is where we live, work, play and pray.
California Healthcare Foundation White Papers
- Consumers blame insurance and pharma for health costs, but love their primary care doctors October 22, 2012
- Patients want online communication with doctors, and more clinicians are listening July 26, 2011
- ePatients: a connected, collaborative, creating community September 30, 2010
- Patients want to see the notes their doctors write about them: the power of transparency in health care October 2, 2012
- Investing in technology that lowers health costs – the growing role of mobile December 9, 2013
- Employers will strongly focus on costs in health benefit plans for 2014; so must consumers December 3, 2013
- World AIDS Day – Remembering Tony M December 1, 2013
- Be thankful for your good life. Now think about what a good death would be. November 27, 2013
- Marketing To Consumers: Carpe Diem – ConnectedHealth: […] one of the biggest challenges many healt...
- Random political image thread - Page 143 - Pelican Parts Technical BBS: […] Health Costs vs. The World: Is It Still ...
- Jane: Mark, yes - that was Judith Hibbard's work on pat...
- Mark: Jane: In a previous post, way long ago, you refere...