Taxpayers footing the bill
I watched this on my local news the other night:
Runaway drug price hikes squeeze Washington’s budget.
Our state is one that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), so I knew we were spending a lot. But I had no idea now much. Through the first 9 months of 2016, my state has spent
on prescription drugs. $1.1 billion
Not total medical care. …
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How will healthcare change under a new president and political party?
That’s a question I can’t answer. As
both candidates had multiple-point plans to tweak/improve/repeal/replace the Affordable Care Act, aka the ACA or Obamacare. I wrote in my last post,
But I don’t know what will change or when.
What I know for sure is that for 2017 my …
read on The shrinking drug formulary
Insurance companies have several ways to cut their costs.
We are all familiar with higher premiums, higher co-pays, increased deductibles, and narrower provider networks. These will all be apparent when
we look at our policies for 2017.
A lesser-known strategy is to remove high-cost drugs from the drug formulary—the list of medications that insurance will cover.
Insurance companies typically work with a pharmacy benefits manager, …
read on Prevnar 13: As seen on TV
I was watching TV the other evening and, as usual, was forced to sit through multiple back-to-back prescription drug commercials.
One that caught my attention was for
Prevnar 13, which is one of the pneumonia vaccines. (13 because it protects against 13 strains of streptococcus pneumonia.)
The commercial stated
Prevnar 13 was for adults aged 50 and older.
That statement’s true, but needs …
read on “Insufficient evidence”
Many years ago I had a primary care doctor who used to perform a total body skin examination (TBSE) on me every year as part of my annual exam.
Of course, those all-inclusive physicals are a thing of the past. I haven’t had a physician perform a TBSE for a long time.
I often wondered about that. A TBSE seems like a relatively easy and harmless way to …
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and the online news site
Vox recently sought to open Americans’ eyes as to how much more we pay for healthcare compared to other countries. America’s healthcare prices are out of control. These 11 charts prove it.
I can’t copy their charts, but basically they are bar graphs. The bar that shows how much patients in the US pay for similar …
read on EpiPens – lifesaving but costly
I’m allergic to bee stings, so I keep an EpiPen handy when I’m working out in my garden this time of year.
But my EpiPens are more than 3 years old now, and it’s time to invest in a new set.
Why do I say invest? Because EpiPens are incredibly expensive!
Related post: First aid for bee stings
I didn’t know that three years ago …
read on Up, up and away!
Does anyone’s income go up as fast as their health insurance premium? I wish.
11.6%. That’s how much more my current health insurance provider wants to charge for my bronze high-deductible health plan in 2017.
And although 11.6% seems like a lot to me, another company in my state is requesting a 19.9% average increase on all its plans, with a 28% increase on its gold …
I just read about health insurance giant UnitedHealth’s
bold but risky new insurance plan, Harken Health:
UnitedHealthcare is betting $65 million that it can profit by making primary care more attractive.
With little fanfare, the nation’s largest health insurer launched an independent subsidiary in January that offers unlimited free doctor visits and 24/7 access by phone. Every member gets a personal health coach to nudge them toward their goals,
I just read about another case where a pharmaceutical company bought the rights to an old, been-around-forever drug and then
drastically increased the price. Argh.
A few months ago
I posted about the drug Daraprim, which was bought by Turing Pharmaceuticals. Its CEO, the now infamous Martin Shkreli, raised the price from $13 a pill to over $700.
Last February, Valeant Pharmaceuticals bought the rights to Seconal (secobarbital), …