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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Zucchini-Carrot-Potato Latkes – a Health Populi exclusive recipe!

Regular readers of Health Populi know that I’m an avowed foodie (and a champagne-y, too), a longtime member of Slow Food, and adherent to the locavore movement as much as possible.When I mentioned making self-created carrot/zucchini/potato latkes on Twitter on Chanukah Eve this past Sunday afternoon, I received a request for this recipe from one […]

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