Finances Are the Top Cause of Stress, and HSAs Aren’t Helping Much

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The bottom line is that one-half of working people are more concerned about how they will save for future health care expenses. The N of 1,686 surveyed ranged from 18-22 years of age (Gen Z) through 59-75 (Baby Boomers).

In the U.S., Patients Consider Costs and Insurance Essential to Their Overall Health Experience

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assume the role of payor when they are enrolled in high-deductible health plans. adults 18 and over assessing peoples’ financial behaviors in the context of health care. Cost influenced two-thirds of patients in terms of their satisfaction with a physician or a health system.

Medical Costs Are Consuming Americans’ Financial Health

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Healthcare Cost Crisis , a survey from West Health and Gallup. One in three Americans overall are concerned they won’t be able to pay for health care services or prescription drugs: that includes 35% of people who are insured, and 63% of those who do not have insurance.

Scaling the Social Determinants of Health – McKinsey and Kaiser’s Bold Move

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People who are in poor health or use more health care services are more likely to report multiple unmet social needs, such as food insecurity, unsafe neighborhoods, lack of good housing, social isolation, and poor transportation access, found through a survey conducted by McKinsey.

A Matter of Trust, Perception, Risk, and Uncertainty – The Big Issues Raised by the Acquisition of PatientsLikeMe and Other Patient Data Transactions

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If you’re in health care and don’t live under a rock, you have probably heard that United Health Group (UHG) has acquired PatientsLikeMe (PLM). A 2018 national survey found that 39% of U.S. She boosts the signal for peer-to-peer health advice every chance she gets.

Digital Health As A Basic Human Need – the Dentsu Digital Society Index 2019

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Psychological needs: While digital tech can enhance users’ sense and control of health and well-being, only 38% of people believe this need is met. This is why I so often repeat that broadband connectivity is a social determinant of health.

Healthcare Costs Inspire Employer Activism and Employee Dissatisfaction – What PwC Found Behind the Numbers

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a year, PwC notes in their annual report, Medical cost trend: Behind the numbers 2020 from the firm’s Health Research Institute. On the consumer side, HRI conducted a national survey among 2,500 U.S. ” In my own words, this is self-rationing health care due to cost.

Rationing Care in America: Cost Implications Getting to Universal Health Coverage

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adults, roughly one-in-five people who are sick and dealing with serious conditions, also put off treatment due to costs, Gallup learned in its survey conducted the week of the U.S. Consider the 2020 Presidential elections and calls for universal health care.

Loving Wegmans and Amazon, Hating on the US Government: the Axios Harris Poll 100 in 2019

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FAANGs have fallen in the wake of “scandal, deception and corruption,” especially related to Facebook/Cambridge Analytica (which I discussed here in Health Populi). The death of the “processed marketplace” has led to a major trend in Health, Well and Fresh.

The Single Market for Healthcare in Europe: Learnings for the U.S.

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When I’m in the UK later this week, I’ll address the challenge for the UK, Brexit and the National Health Service. Two key issues are in my work-radar this trip: digital health cross-border, and health innovation funding.

Survey: Healthcare executives spotlight the sweeping policy changes they see coming for the industry

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Despite a split Congress and talk on the Hill moving away from an Affordable Care Act repeal, healthcare industry executives are still expecting a whirlwind couple of years for health policy, according to a new survey

Open Table for Health: Patients Are Online For Health Search and Physician Reviews

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The growth of tracking and wearable tech is moving toward more medical applications beyond fitness and wellness, Rock Health found. The biggest growth, Rock Health found, was for live phone telehealth, with 64% of respondents using this channel, followed by email and text.

Healthcare Costs Stress Out U.S. Voters One Week Ahead of 2018 Mid-Term Elections

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So warns the Sixth Annual Nationwide TCHS Consumers Healthcare Survey , with the tagline: “Stressed Out: Americans and Healthcare.” Thus, most Americans are concerned about potential changes to current healthcare policy, Transamerica found.

Health Is Social – The Social Determinants of Health at HIMSS19

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In the health care world, it is now commonly accepted that genes contribute less than half of the influence on peoples’ health status. The data tell this story: two-thirds of patients who self-report their health as excellent have low to no SDoH risk.

Loneliness, Public Policy and AI – Lessons From the UK For the US

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There’s a shortage of medical providers in the United Kingdom, a nation where healthcare is guaranteed to all Britons via the most beloved institution in the nation : The National Health Service. He studies digital health passionately, personally, viscerally.

Medical Issues Are Still The #1 Contributor to Bankruptcy in the U.S.

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That’s a sad fiscal fact, especially as more Americans gained access to health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, according to a study published this month in the American Journal of Public Health (AJPA). of debtors contacted responded to the survey.

The United States of Care Launches to Promote Healthcare for All of US

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If you’re reading Health Populi , then you’re keen on health policy, health economics, most of all, patients: now playing starring roles as consumers, caregivers, and payors in their own care. Shall we just say: “it’s about the health care, stupid?”

Healthcare, and Especially Covering Pre-Existing Conditions, Ranks High for Voters in 2018

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Thus, the public holds the POTUS and the Republican party responsible for moving the Affordable Care Act forward… or not, according to the July 2018 Kaiser Health Tracking Poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). But health care?

Across All Political Parties, Likely Voters Over 50 Favor Cutting Prescription Drug Prices

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that are likely to vote in the 2020 Presidential election are keenly interested in lowering the cost of prescription drugs, according to a survey conducted by AARP in February and March 2019. People over 50 in the U.S.

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. in fact devotes fewer hospital beds, physicians and nurses to health care delivery compared with other countries.

Most Americans Want the Federal Government to Ensure Healthcare for All

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But while there’s majority support for universal health care, we should think broadly about this concept at this moment. This asked people whether they would prefer a government-run health system. What happens to these patients’ financial health?

Majority Rules? The Right to Affordable Health Care is A Right for All Americans

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If we’re playing a game of “majority rules,” then everyone in America would have the right to affordable health care, according to a new poll from The Commonwealth Fund. The report is aptly titled, Americans’ Views on Health Insurance at the End of a Turbulent Year.

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. There’s little Americans, by political party, agree upon in 2019.

The Top Pain Point in the Healthcare Consumer Experience is Money

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98% of Americans rank paying their medical bills is an important pain point in their patient journey, according to Embracing consumerism: Driving customer engagement in the healthcare financial journey , from Experian Health. Experian surveyed 1,000 consumers in September 2017 for this study.

Financial Stress Is An Epidemic In America, Everyday Health Finds

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Stress is a way of American life, based on the findings in The United States of Stress , a survey from Everyday Health. Everyday Health polled 6,700 U.S. adults between 18 and 64 years of age about their perspectives on stress, anxiety, panic, and mental and behavioral health.

Technology, Aging and Obesity Drive Healthcare Spending, BEA Finds

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High Spending Growth Rates For Key Diseases In 2000-14 Were Driven By Technology And Demographic Factors , a June 2018 Health Affairs article, analyzed this data. The Bureau is working to better understanding health care spending at this detailed level, by condition. health citizen.

Self-Care is Healthcare for Everyday People

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Patients are the new healthcare payors, and as such, taking on the role of health consumers. In fact, health and wellness consumers have existed since a person purchased the first toothpaste, aspirin, heating pad, and moisturizing cream at retail.

Healthcare Access and Cost Top Americans’ Concerns in Latest Gallup Poll

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Health Populi’s Hot Points: Today is National Employee Benefits Day , and health benefits continue to rank as the most-valued benefit offered at the American workplace. And keeping a job usually means holding on to health insurance when the employee has been receiving it at work.

It Could Take Five Generations for a Low-Income US Family to Reach Average Income in America

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“As countries reach high levels of development, progress necessarily slows down in some key dimension, such as education or health: not everybody can or wants to hold a PhD and health cannot improve indefinitely,” the OECD observes.

Having Health Insurance Is a Social Determinant of Health: the implications of growing uninsured in the U.S.

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2017 reversed advancements in health insurance coverage increases since the advent of the Affordable Care Act, and for the first time since 2014 no states’ uninsured rates fell. ” That’s because being health-insured is a social determinant of health.

Benefit Cost Increases Overwhelm Flat Wages for Most in US: Pew

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This has translated in benefit costs — particularly, health benefits — rising more quickly than peoples’ paychecks have kept pace. That is, if those patients-as-health-consumers can vote with their feet and pocketbook.

The $4 Trillion Health Economy of 2020

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In 2020, national health expenditures (NHE) in the United States will exceed $4 trillion to cover 334.5 of health spending per person. Together, these three categories will comprise just over 80% of health spending in 2020.

Addressing Patient Health Information In-Security at HIMSS 2018

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Privacy and cybersecurity ranked the second highest priority to hospitals and healthcare providers polled in HIMSS 2018 Healthcare Leadership Survey. And it’s in personal health information: a medical record is valued 8 to 10 times the price of a credit card on the black market.

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. adults in April-May 2018 for this survey.

CVS + Aetna: Inflection Point in US Healthcare, Merger Approved Update

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CVS Health’s acquisition of Aetna was approved this week by U.S. This post updates my initial thoughts on the deal, given the morphing US healthcare market on both the traditional health services front and fast-evolving retail health environment.

Universal Health Care and Financial Inclusion – Not Mutually Exclusive

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Universal health care was covered in a section on 28 April 2018, and coverage on financial inclusion was bundled into the 5th May edition. ” At the time, this was one of the world’s biggest public-sector financed health plan.

Healthcare Is Local: Channeling Tip O’Neill in the 2018 Midterm Election Results

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As I wrote about yesterday (about learning from Governor Kasich), people keen on healthcare should pay attention to the states, which are laboratories for health reform. Health Populi’s Hot Points: How might healthcare play out locally in the next 1-3 years?

Top Six Healthcare Executive Challenges in 2019

Henry Kotula

Many organizations are already exploring delivery reform with initiatives that focus on: Remote health monitoring and telemedicine; Population health management; Patient engagement; Social determinants of health; and. [link].

High-Deductible Health Plans Fall From Grace In Employer-Based Coverage

Henry Kotula

With workers harder to find and Obamacare’s tax on generous coverage postponed, employers are hitting pause on a feature of job-based medical insurance much hated by employees: the high-deductible health plan. Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the foundation.).

Why health care costs are making consumers more afraid of medical bills than an actual illness

Henry Kotula

Health care costs are spiraling higher, but patient visits to a doctor have been on the decline. As health care costs keep rising, more people seem to be skipping physician visits. health care costs keep rising, and hit more than $10,000 a year per person in 2016. [link].