From the fiscal to the physical: insured workers try to lower their medical costs

  This is open enrollment season for those workers fortunate enough to (1) still be employed and (2) still be offered a health benefit. It’s also the season of economic decline. According to Watson Wyatt, these workers are making different health and benefit decisions in this fiscally-constrained era. Watson Wyatt has released its 2008 version […]

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Of fish oil and back pain – complementary medicine utilization shifts since 2002

The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) by Americans has held steady since 2002; however, the types of therapies adopted have changed over five years. The Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the United States, from the NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, follows up the agency’s 2002 report. This round, […]

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The economy impacts health behaviors: more insights from AARP and the over-45s

1 in 2 people over 45 say they’ve taken a generic drug or over-the-counter (OTC) medication instead of a prescription drug due to the current economic situation. The AARP‘s report, Impact of the Economy on Health Behaviors, analyzes the survey responses of 820 Americans 45 years of age and older polled in October 2008. Asked […]

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Let the children lead us…the sea is wide, our boat is small

Over 8 million American children under the age of 18 didn’t have health insurance in 2005. More than 2 million of these kids had parents who had health insurance through their employers. The growth of child poverty will inevitably increase during the economic recession in the U.S. What’s your hunch on how many more kids […]

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Word-of-mouth remains the top consumer channel for finding a physician

With all of our (including my) talk about Health 2.0 and consumerism in American health care, the fact remains that most Americans rely on family and friends to find a primary care physician (PCP). That would be known as “word-of-mouth.” 27% of people rely solely on their friends’ and relatives’ opinions about PCPs. On the […]

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