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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When a 10+% health cost increase looks small to you, you need new glasses

The bad news: employers’ health premiums doubled between 1996-2006. The good news? Employers health cost growth will slow in 2009 to 10.6%. Good news? Huh? I get the fact that 10.6% is slower growth than, say, 11.2%. But it’s still double-digit cost growth, isn’t it? Aon Consulting opines that the 10.6% increase is the smallest […]

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Health care industry players doing a poor job with the public

People love their grocery stores, but still hate Big Tobacco and Big Oil. The Harris Poll’s annual survey of how Americans view the nation’s industries is out for 2008, and health care organizations — except for hospitals — continue to lose favor with the public.For over a decade, the poll has asked whether a particular […]

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The insecurity of the swing voter: a AARP poll

The ‘average’ swing voter is white, over 50, has income of $60K or less, female, and absolutely certain to vote in November’s election. She is also very worried about the economy, financial security, and health care. The AARP released the Key Findings from AARP Swing Voter Battleground Poll on swing voters this week. Who’s a […]

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Americans' disconnect between health, and paying for it

There’s a disconnect between who Americans believe is responsible for their personal health status, and who should pay for health care.On the first question — personal responsibility for health choices — 82% of Americans believe that they alone are responsible for their health.However, only 44% believe that they should bear no responsibility for paying for […]

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