The cost of beauty, an American obsession

About $7 billion is spent each year on cosmetics. Another $1.5 billion is spent on breast augmentation, $1.3 billion on lipoplasty, and nearly $1 billion on abdominoplasty — aka, “tummy tucks.” Beauty At Any Cost is an important report from the YWCA. The organization has quantified the economic costs of the never-ending search for ‘beauty,’ […]

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Pharmacies are trusted, and health plans aren't (much)

Americans trust pharmacies and drug stores a whole lot more than they do health plans, according to a survey from the Better Business Bureau and Gallup.However, the percentage of people with lots of trust in pharmacies and drug stores fell by 9 points between September 2007 and April 2008. The proportion of Americans trusting health […]

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Out-of-pocket costs and the uninsured

Government finances 3/4 of uncompensated health care in the U.S., according to Covering The Uninsured In 2008: Current Costs, Sources Of Payment, And Incremental Costs appears in the August 25th online edition of Health Affairs, the influential health policy publication. This analysis was done by a team from The Urban Institute and George Mason University. […]

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When people seek health information, they engage (and don't forget about the phone)

The Internet rivals books, magazines and newspapers is the #1 source for Americans seeking health information. Friends and family come a very, very close second. TV and radio rank lower, with only 15% of people relying on these media for personal health information. The tracking report from the Center for Studying Health System Change (CSHSC), […]

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Medical debt is increasing, even for the insured

4 in 10 Americans had trouble paying for medical care in 2007, according to the Commonwealth Fund‘s latest study on medical debt. The study, Losing Ground: How the Loss of Adequate Health Insurance Is Burdening Working Families, looks at 2007 data on consumers’ and health costs.The Fund’s researchers examine 4 areas of cost-related access problems […]

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