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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The economy is still the #1 issue for voters, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll; health care ranks #4

Health care continued to take 4th place beneath Americans’ concerns about the economy, the Iraq War, and gas prices, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll published for August 2008. 1 in 2 voters place the economy in first place; 1 in 4 ‘voted’ for Iraq. Health care is the #3 issue among Democrats; […]

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Drugstore dominance, and the Walmart Wild Card

While reading the August 16/17 2008 issue of the Financial Times to keep up with the global political news in Russia and Georgia, and Olympic medal drama in Beijing, I ran across a story that hit much closer-to-home: “Bitter pills in fight for drugstore dominance.” The announcement by CVS Caremark that it would acquire the […]

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Consumers may be tightening their health budgets, but kids come first

People have begun to ration themselves off of medical visits and prescription drugs, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). 1 in 5 Americans (22%) said they reduced visits to the doctor due to the slowing economy. 1 in 10 (11%) have reduced their prescription drug intake. The NAIC found that 85% of […]

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Gas 'n health care: Rite Aid's Fill Up & Fuel Up program

Rite Aid, a top retail pharmacy chain, awarded its first Fill Up & Fuel Up gasoline gift cards this week. I’ve been writing about gas ‘n health care since the inception of the Health Populi blog; see this inaugural post.Now comes a pharmacy connecting the dots between consumer spending categories: the interdependency of fuel and […]

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