Medical economics

The startlingly high cost of the 'free' flu shot

In the Byzantine world of health care pricing, most people wouldn't expect that the ubiquitous flu shot could be a prime example of how the system's lack of transparency can lead to disparate costs.

Medical economics

Brand drug discount cards increase private insurer costs by 46%

Discount cards for brand-name drugs provided to patients increased private insurer costs by 46% and varied in their impact on out-of-pocket payments by patients, found new research in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

Health

Health care provider deserts may leave patients in the cold

People with health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may have access to fewer health care providers—and may also have to drive further to see them—than people with other plans, according to researchers.

Health

Share of uninsured Americans rises for 1st time in a decade

The proportion of Americans without health insurance edged up in 2018—the first evidence from the government that coverage gains under President Barack Obama's health care law might be eroding under President Donald Trump.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

High-deductible health plans may be harmful for patients with COPD

(HealthDay)—For patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) are associated with increased likelihood of reporting foregoing care because of costs and cost-related nonadherence, ...

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