More workers are engaging in healthier lifestyles in the recession, says NBGH

Insured workers in the U.S. are cost-sensitive to health care. The recession has been negatively impacting workers’ health: physically, emotionally, financially. However, there may be a silver lining here: that workers are making health improvement a greater priority than they did in 2008. The National Business Group on Health’s report on The Recession’s Toll on […]

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Americans may be thinking healthy, but not acting healthy

Thinking healthy isn’t the same as acting healthy. The gap between what lifestyle behaviors people perceive build health, versus what actually contributes to health, can lead to less than optimal health outcomes. Based on Yankelovich’s 2009 Health & Wellness Segmentation Study, only one-half of people believe that taking medicines as prescribed is “very important” to […]

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To delay is deadly – no progress 10 years since "To Err is Human"

Ten years later, a million lives lost, billions of dollars wasted, is the tag line of a report looking back at the decade since IOM‘s seminal report, To Err is Human, was published in November 1999. Consumers Union has asked, what progress has been made since IOM calculated that 98,000 lives are lost each year […]

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The elongating path to universal coverage

The road to universal coverage will be paved more slowly as the Obama administration comes to terms with the impact of the recession on the general economy, the national deficit, and RealHealthPolitik. An interview with Peter Orszag in this morning’s Financial Times (London’s daily business newspaper) featured a sentence that gave me a double take; […]

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Recession economics of the family physician

1 in 2 family physicians is seeing fewer patients since the recession began in January 2008. At the same time, 3 in 4 physicians have seen an increase in the number of uninsured patients. Patients who are covered by employer-sponsored insurance and private health plans are in short supply. Welcome to the new health economics […]

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