A statistical profile of the US on election day 2008; and freebies, galore!

Go get your treats today while you make your way to the polls: Starbucks is offering free coffee, Dunkin‘ Donuts has star-shaped cakes, and Ben & Jerry’s will offer free scoops between 5 and 8 pm. While you’re enjoying some sweet stuff, ponder some important statistics on this Election Day 2008….    Toyota will probably be […]

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Pre-Election Day, Health Looms Heavy on American Voters' Minds — but McCain Voters' Priorities Are Strikingly Different Than Obama Supporters

While the economy ranks as the #1 issue on American voters’ minds, it means way more to Obama voters (56%) than it does to McCain voters (40%).Health care, too, is a higher priority issue to Obama voters (14%) than to McCain voters (9%).The poll by Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard School of Public Health, conducted […]

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Prices, inefficiency, and paperwork: the 3 key cost drivers of U.S. health care

The three reasons why health spending is higher in the U.S. than in any other country are: prices, inefficiency, and insurance administration. Medical technology and obesity are key cost drivers. Malpractice costs and demographic shifts are not (these add to overall costs but not as significantly to cost increases as tech, obesity, prices, inefficiency, and […]

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Very slow growth forcast for pharma in U.S. in 2009

The U.S. pharmaceutical market is slow-growth for 2009, according to IMS Health. The company forecasts a tiny 1-2% growth rate for the next year. The data point comes from IMS’s annual Global Pharmaceutical and Therapy Forecast.   The U.S. market for pharmaceuticals will be worth about $300 bn in 2009.   What’s slowing growth prospects […]

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Moving up the health care value chain: J&J in health services

Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has acquired the online health coaching company, HealthMedia. This will move the health supply company up the health care value chain further into the provision of health services. Nine years ago, I teamed with a Big Pharma on a scenario planning exercise about consumers and health care. One of our scenarios […]

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