The cost of sleeplessness = $42 billion

Two categories of prescription drugs are growing faster than most others in this second quarter of 2009: anti-depressants and sleep aids, according to IMS Health. Can you spell “R-E-C-E-S-S-I-O-N?” Sleeplessness is up in 2009, and people are kept up with anxiety about the economy along with other factors driving the prescription drug market for sleep. […]

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Learning about social networks and health in Omaha

There’s a groundswell driving social media in health care in America, from Silicon Valley to Boston, Miami to…Omaha? Strategy& (former Booz and Company) and the Center for Health Transformation convened a roundtable discussion in Omaha, Nebraska, in March 2009 following up a discussion the company had in 2008 with stakeholders in diabetes. In that meeting, the […]

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The world is flat when it comes to health care consumerism

The recession around the world is having a negative impact on health citizens’ purchases of over-the-counter drugs. The economy is changing the way they will use non-prescription drugs, as well as the kind of drugs they will use. To the first point, OTC consumption will decline for some; for people who continue to demand OTC […]

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Workers appreciate health benefits more than ever – but for how long?

Two reports come at the issue of workplace benefits with different perspectives. Together, they combine to find that workers value benefits in 2009 more than they have in the past — and especially as the economic pressures on workers’ households is increasing. Workscape’s Annual Benefits Study for 2009 illustrates several impacts of the economy on […]

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Transparency and credit cards: how doctors can talk to patients about money

In the emerging era of participatory health, fanned by the fiscal flames of the recession and increasing out-of-pocket costs, there’s an important communications component to consider: participatory health economics. The chart illustrates why. Out-of-pocket health costs are steadily increasing for households. Thus, it is reasonable for health citizens to want to know how much health […]

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