Value-Based Health Care Needs All Stakeholders at the Table – Especially the Patient

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Note: I may be biased as a University of Michigan graduate of both the School of Public Health and Rackham School of Graduate Studies in Economics]. The coolest thing in health policy in the 21st century!!

Will Consumers Cross the Cost-and-Trust Chasm Between Prescription Drugs and Hospitals?

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rank prescription drugs, lab tests, emergency room visits, dental and vision care, preventive services, chronic disease management and mental health care as the “most essential” health care services, according to the 2019 Survey of America’s Patients conducted by The Physicians Foundation. When asked what factors contribute to rising health care costs in America, most consumers cite the cost of prescription drugs. People in the U.S.

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Most Americans Across Party ID Favor U.S. Government Negotiation to Lower Rx Drug Costs

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The Kaiser Family Foundation has been tracking this topic for a few years, and this month, their March 2019 Health Tracking Poll shows vast majorities of Democrats, Independents and Republicans all share these sentiments. Those who have difficult affording their prescriptions tend to spend over $100 a month on the meds, take four or more prescriptions, are less affluent and are in fair or poor health. There’s little Americans, by political party, agree upon in 2019.

Income Inequality is Fostering Mis-Trust, the Edelman 2020 Trust Barometer Observes

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Last year, it was the employer who was the most-trusted touch-point in citizens’ lives the world over, I discussed in Health Populi one year ago. Together, these three factors erode workers’ confidence in jobs and their personal household economies and financial health.

Americans Across Political Party Worry About Prescription Drug Prices – Especially to Deal with COVID-19

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Nine in ten Americans is concerned about the price of prescription drugs in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Gallup and West Health found in their survey on the cost of healthcare, published today. Gallup and West Health polled 1,016 U.S.

Will Technology Cure Americans’ Health Care System Ills? Considering Google and Ascension Health’s Data Deal

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“Google’s ‘Project Nightingale’ Gathers Personal Health Data on Millions of Americans,” the Wall Street Journal reported in today’s paper and on the WSJ.com website. The story started with the scenario that, “Search giant is amassing health records from Ascension facilities in 21 states; patients not yet informed.” Ascension is the second largest health system in the U.S., health care.

In U.S. Health Care, It’s Still the Prices, Stupid – But Transparency and Consumer Behavior Aren’t Working As Planned

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I’m glad to be getting back to health economic issues after spending the last couple of weeks firmly focused on consumers, digital health technologies and CES 2019. There’s a lot for me to address concerning health care costs based on news and research published over the past couple of weeks. It is bittersweet to read the latter half of the title, as our friend and mentor Professor Reinhardt, a health economics pioneer, passed away last year.

The Remarkable Rise of Pharma’s Reputation in the Pandemic

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First, check out the gainers on the list: after pharma, health insurance was the second biggest rep-winner in our COVID year, gaining 23 percentage points in the poll. consumers trusted the biotech health industry segment compared with the pharmaceutical segment.

Consumers Consider Cost When They Think About Medical Innovation

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While the vast majority of Americans say that science has made life easier for most people, and especially for health care, people are split in questioning the financial cost and value of medical treatments, the Pew Research Center has found. Health Populi’s Hot Points: Americans draw a very big distinction between biotech and pharma when it comes to trust, this year’s Edelman Trust Barometer found.

Prescription Drug Costs In America Through the Patient Lens, via IQVIA, GoodRx and a New $2 Million Therapy

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It’s a richly detailed report with a mine of data; in this Health Populi post, I’ll focus through the patient lens of Rx spending, medication adherence out-of-pocket costs, prescription drug abandonment, and the role of “place” in personal drug pricing. Two-thirds of Rx’s were dispensed to treat chronic conditions, notably hypertension, mental health, lipid management, diabetes, and anti-coagulants. Americans consumed 17.6

Two-Thirds of Americans Say Healthcare Doesn’t Work Well, in RealClear Politics Poll

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Health care is the top issue facing the U.S. Together, health care + the economy rank the top issues for 62% of Americans. Health care and the economy are, in fact, intimately tied in every American’s personal household economy I assert in my book, HealthConsuming: From Health Consumer to Health Citizen. Only 4% of people say American health care is “working well.” Still, half feel burdened by health care costs.