Women have less $ at retirement, and health costs add to fiscal woes

Women outlive men, and garner lower wages in the workplace. Together, these trends lead to a dire discrepancy when women look to retire. An analysis from Hewitt Associates, Total Retirement Income at Large Companies: The Real Deal, addresses the fact that women live about 22 years after retirement, compared to men who live 19 years […]

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In the health system popularity contest, the U.S. loses

In this season’s Health System Idol contest, the U.S. loses to most other developed countries. One in three Americans would like to “completely rebuild” the U.S. health system, according to The Harris Poll conducted in ten nations.   And another 50% believe that, “fundamental changes are needed to make it work better.”   Harris also […]

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Risky business: consumers and CDHPs

People enrolled in high-deductible health plans tend to make more risky health decisions than those enrolled in lower-deductible plans, according to a study published in the July/August issue of Health Affairs. In Do Consumer-Directed Health Plans Drive Change In Enrollees’ Health Care Behavior? the authors find the answer is, “yes,” probably. Enrollees in the high-deductible […]

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Health consumers' confusion with health care costs and personal financing

Consumers are interested in a variety of financial instruments to help them purchase health care. However, even when given a choice to shop for and eventual purchase insurance, millions of people don’t. Consumers are confused about health plan choices and need help in financial decision making. Data from McKinsey presented in an essay, What consumers […]

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Aging, economics and consumer-generated media — implications for health

Advertising Age analyzes census data on aging and diversity in America, and comes up with some interesting conclusions for consumer marketers. Here at Health Populi, we’re all-health, all-the-time, so I’m going to discuss author Peter Francese’s findings through our health lens. In addition, McKinsey published its insights into aging boomers in the report, Talkin’ ‘Bout […]

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