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Addressing Current Concerns of the Healthcare Consumer

Poppy tweets “I’m worried about losing my treats!” 1. LOSING MEDICARE AND MEDICAID-DEFICIT REDUCTION MASQUERADING AS HEALTH CARE REFORM HUMANS are worried about $554 billion in cuts to Medicare as this impacts you the 55 million Americans who are over age 65 or living with disabilities. This impact may be felt through decreased access to healthcare providers. The greatest impact would appear to be on the cost of prescription [...]

By | 2018-11-13T15:08:28+00:00 November 13th, 2018|Categories: Healthcare|Tags: |0 Comments

The Big Picture-The Current American Healthcare in Transition Model

POPPY THE COCKATOO TWEETS HEALTHCARE: “Hi. I am Poppy and I am a Cockatoo. My human has asked me to introduce the subject.” The Big Picture Today, the for-profit health insurance model drives american healthcare in transition (non-profits make money, they just don’t share it with stockholders). This model is broken! What does the model look like? It is a three- party system. There's one party — the provider [...]

By | 2018-11-05T14:54:44+00:00 November 7th, 2018|Categories: Healthcare|0 Comments

HEALTH CARE CONSUMER’S CONCERNS ABOUT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT — THE LAW OF THE LAND (Part B)

This blog begins where the PART A left off as we continue to walk through the various provisions of the ACA and how repeal might impact you the health care consumer. OTHER INSURANCE MARKET REFORMS PROVISION INSURERS MUST PROVIDE SERVICES IN TEN ESSENTIAL BENEFIT CATEGORIES ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS WHAT: TEN CATEGORIES OF SERVICES health insurance plans must cover under the Affordable Care Act. Specific services may vary based on [...]

By | 2018-10-15T12:17:09+00:00 October 24th, 2018|Categories: Healthcare|Tags: |0 Comments

HEALTH CARE CONSUMER’S CONCERNS ABOUT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT — THE LAW OF THE LAND (Part A)

(THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY) One area of health care related concerns where a good majority of voters are focused is the AFFORDABLE CARE ACT or ACA.  This blog is about three components of that major driver of consumer concern. In this blog we will set the stage by describing what it is and what it isn’t. Setting the Stage-The Affordable Care Act Then came the Affordable [...]

By | 2018-10-15T11:53:58+00:00 October 17th, 2018|Categories: Healthcare|Tags: |0 Comments

HEALTH CARE COSTS AND PATIENT COMPLIANCE

This blog is about a major driver of health care cost which has not received the attention I believe it should: Our own involvement in our health care and how COMPLIANT we are in doing the appropriate things to improve our health and, by extension, decrease the total cost of healthcare. Compliance Along the Health Care Continuum The last variable we will take up before we close this discussion [...]

By | 2018-10-15T11:13:47+00:00 October 8th, 2018|Categories: Healthcare|Tags: |0 Comments

THE HIGH COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – Part B

Last week,  we discussed how much prescription drugs are costing you and what the drivers were for those high prices. (Read: “The High costs of Prescription Drugs, Part A”). In this, Part B, of my blog talking about the high cost of prescription drugs, we continue that discussion … RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT   To be fair, there is a cost associated with research and development. The cost of developing [...]

By | 2018-10-04T11:18:27+00:00 October 3rd, 2018|Categories: Healthcare|Tags: , |0 Comments

THE HIGH COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – Part A

Nationally, voters are “very concerned” about what is going on in the world of pharmacy and how it impacts you. Not only how much prescription drugs are costing you, but also how to lower those drug prices. The Cost of Prescription Drugs [1] The chart below gives you a visual example of the dramatic increase in the retail price of prescription drugs. [2]  Current trending has leveled off at just under [...]

By | 2018-09-27T14:24:32+00:00 September 27th, 2018|Categories: Healthcare|Tags: , |0 Comments

MEDICAL PROCEDURES AND DEVICES CONTRIBUTE TO TOTAL COST OF HEALTHCARE

If we break down the components of today’s health care concerns, one area where a good majority of voters are “very concerned” with the total cost of health care is medical procedures and devices. The cost of your healthcare procedures is dependent on where you live[1]  There were huge ranges in prices even within the same state. In the example below, a colonoscopy (a procedure that allows doctors to [...]

By | 2018-09-18T14:50:26+00:00 September 18th, 2018|Categories: Healthcare|Tags: , |0 Comments

PROVIDER VARIABILITY A MAJOR DRIVER OF HEALTH CARE CONSUMER’S CONCERNS

How Providers of Healthcare charge for their services[1] Again, the constant theme in American healthcare is variability. That is why the prices in the United States are expressed as a range.  All of this means there are about as many price tags for that hypertension checkup as there are insurers and providers. There's one party — the provider who provides the service. They each have their own master list [...]

By | 2018-09-18T14:52:39+00:00 September 12th, 2018|Categories: Healthcare|Tags: , |0 Comments

ADDRESSING THE TOTAL COST OF HEALTH CARE

Nationally voters rank health care as the top issue. [1] [2] If we break down the components of that concern, one area where a good majority of voters are “very concerned” is the total cost of health care. VERY CONCERNED-Total Health Care Cost Health care cost have increased to 18% of our Gross National Product[3] Since 1960 when the cost of health care was a mere 5 percent of [...]

By | 2018-09-18T14:51:40+00:00 September 5th, 2018|Categories: Healthcare|0 Comments