As employers' health costs will grow 9% in 2010, the gap in employee wages vs. health costs will widen

Health care costs for employers who cover health insurance for workers will increase 9% in 2010 — well ahead of general price inflation and workers’ earnings. However, the recession will, “temper medical costs,” according to PricewaterhouseCoopers‘ Behind the numbers: Medical cost trends for 2010. With employers — that is, business and profits — taking it […]

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Hospitals ration spending on health IT in the downturn

Notwithstanding the promise of nearly $20 billion in stimulus funding to support the adoption of electronic health records, hospitals are between a rock and a hard place when it comes to laying out capital for HIT investments. Based on the latest Most Wired Hospitals survey, even the Most Wired among American hospitals have had to […]

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User generated health content is useful, according to most Americans

55% of Americans search user-generated health content, including: 36% who look for health information on Wikipedia 36% who read online health forums and message boards 27% who read health blogs. The content is useful, too: 57% of people who used it said their online searching led to productive conversations with their physicians. So finds the […]

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The US vs. The World in Health Care – Failing at #1

We’re #1! is a cheer usually reserved for a point of pride: for a class valedictorian, perhaps, or a winning ball team. But in the game of health economics, being #1 isn’t something to be proud of when the investment doesn’t net out to a reasonable return.   The 2009 OECD Health Data set is […]

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Walmart may support comprehensive health reform, but not all employers do

Most employers aren’t in a hurry to rush Big Health Reform, according to a survey from Mercer, the benefits consultants. Walmart is the exception, only one of the 11% of employers who support broad-based reform, based on the company’s statement of July 1, 2009.Walmart surprised many analysts with its strong endorsement of Big Reform, which […]

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