Word-of-mouth remains the top consumer channel for finding a physician

With all of our (including my) talk about Health 2.0 and consumerism in American health care, the fact remains that most Americans rely on family and friends to find a primary care physician (PCP). That would be known as “word-of-mouth.” 27% of people rely solely on their friends’ and relatives’ opinions about PCPs. On the […]

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Americans still believe access and cost and the two key health concerns – but paradox between government vs. private

Gallup‘s latest poll of Americans’ top health concerns survey are firmly focused on access and cost. This has been true for each of the last seven years that Gallup has conducted this survey. These data echo the findings of Kaiser Family Foundation‘s last health tracking poll for the 2008 election season from October 2008.But there […]

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Nearly 1 in 2 women delayed health care in the past year due to costs – the economic impact on a woman’s physical, emotional, and fiscal health

Nearly 1 in 2 women put off seeking health care because the cost was too high. The kinds of services delayed included visits to the doctor, medical procedures, and filling prescription medications. The fourth annual T.A.L.K. Survey was released this week by the National Women’s Health Resource Center (NWHRC), focusing on the declining economy and […]

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We’re officially in a Recession; momentum for health reform grows

We’re in a recession; actually, we’ve been in one for the past year, but no official agency decided to tell us. Perhaps “they” wanted to wait until after the November ’08 Presidential election?   The declaration of recession is the official news from The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), whose mind-numbingly-titled press release, Determination […]

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Cyberchondria: a short history, Microsoft's systematic study, and Wikipedia could be health-risky

The concept of “cyberchondria” is not new. My first exposure to the term was through a study by Harris Interactive in 2002 which conducted a global cyberchondria study comparing health citizens online in the France, Germany, Japan and the U.S. The study defined cyberchrondriacs as “people who use the Internet for health purposes.” Harris’s poll […]

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