'Tis the season for health data – welcome to the State of the USA and HealthLandscape

‘Tis the season of health data projects. First, The State of the USA. There are 20 critical data points you need to know to understand, and then improve, the health of the U.S. A new and expansive data collection effort is underway that will inventory the most credible of these indicators so we have a […]

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Out of pocket health costs strain family budgets

There is very little cushion in family budgets for health care costs — even for families with insurance coverage. So says the Center for Studying Health System Change (CSHSC), which regular Health Populi readers know is one of my most valued sources on information on the microeconomy of health in the U.S.CSHSC’s latest Issue Brief […]

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What banks can bring to health care

Globally, the banking industry is in a deep funk. From enduring $billion exposures due to Mr. Madoff’s Ponzi scheme to exorcising bad debt, defaulted mortgages, and shedding employees, it appears that banking isn’t the business to be in for the moment. There is a hopeful growth area in banking, though — it’s health care. As […]

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Cybercitizens' ranks expand as Americans face increasing health cost burdens

There is good news and bad news in the rich data mine that is the latest version of Manhattan Research’s Cybercitizen Health survey. On the positive side of eHealth, the number of Americans who are seeking health information online has more than doubled since 2002. On the downside, nearly 40 million Americans did not fill […]

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Health insurance at your shopping mall: Highmark’s consumer-facing strategy

Call it the health insurance Blue-tique. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is opening storefronts in shopping malls to talk health insurance.   Highmark Direct will be the name on the front of this store, whose mission it will be to meet with sales staff from the insurance company to learn more about health insurance options […]

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