Health spending is the #1 threat to balancing the U.S. budget: findings from the CBO

The rate of growth of health spending is the single greatest threat to balancing the U.S. budget in the long term. That’s the key message in The Budget and Economic Outlook: Fiscal Years 2009 to 2019, the latest forecast from the Congressional Budget Office released on January 7, 2008. The report states that the three […]

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Affordable care and better information: what Americans want from a new-and-improved US health system

Anxiety about health care costs tops American citizens’ concerns about health care in the U.S. Rich, poor, insured or un-, 2 in 3 Americans worry about the affordability of health care in America.   So it follows, then, that among those without health insurance, 57% blame their uninsured state on the fact that they simply […]

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Hospitals suffer in the economic downturn

Hospitals reported an 8% increase in uncompensated care between the third quarters of 2007 and 2008. The economic downturn in the U.S. has already had a negative impact on the hospital sector, and will continue to do so in 2009.The American Hospital Association recently surveyed members, and found that the recession has negatively impacted hospitals […]

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Online trumps print for health information – Pharma's window of opportunity to build trust online

When it comes to health information, online trumps print. Online is the #1 source for health information among 83% of consumers; print attracts only 11% of people as the go-to source for health information. Broadcast is preferred by only 5% as the primary preferred health information source. Once online, it’s health-focused websites that get the […]

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Health and health care in 2009 – a year of managing risks – forethoughts and wild cards

As we inevitably do this time of year, we prognosticate about the new year. This time around, it’s a toughie: there are too many uncertainties that preclude us from doing a straight-line forecast for 2009, especially in health and health care.Here are some trends and wild cards to keep in mind for 2009: the year […]

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