Uninsurance will increase; and the lonely job of being a governor who seeks to insure the uninsured

Today, the loneliest job in American isn’t being the Maytag repair man. And the hardest job in America isn’t necessarily the Presidency. It’s being a state governor. Take Pennsylvania (the state I call my home). Governor Ed Rendell sought the position with an explicit goal of expanding health insurance to uninsured Pennsylvanians. After two years […]

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Prescription drug use often depends on "affordability"; true for 1 in 4 lower income patients with late-stage cancer

The top reasons that physicians believe patients don’t take medicines as prescribed are (1) affordability and (2) patients believing they don’t need the meds. AstraZeneca has surveyed 200 physicians about patients and prescription adherence and found the following given as reasons for not taking meds: Affordability (20%) Patient does not feel they need the medication […]

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Trusting strangers: implications for health

Welcome to the new influence landscape, says Universal McCann (UM), the global media agency. In When Did We Start Trusting Strangers: The How the Internet Turned Us All into Influencers, UM analyzed the online behaviors of thousands of Internet users in 29 countries. UM found that today, we trust strangers as much as close friends. […]

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From Asheville NC to England — bribing people to seek health care

The National Health Service wants to launch a program in the UK that would provide cash payments to citizens to incentivize them to see their primary care doctors to deal with health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity. National Health Service managers are looking to get higher-risk patients into the system sooner for […]

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With the credit crunch comes pressure on employee benefits — w(h)ither the health benefit?

The headline is that CFOs are having trouble accessing credit. What will that mean for health benefits? A survey of American CFOs and comptrollers from Grant Thornton has found that over half of CFOs have seen credit costs increase. 2/3 find credit harder to come-by than in 2007. 1 in 2 CFOs think the U.S. […]

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