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More than 70 percent of Americans believe drug prices are unreasonable and nearly 25 percent have trouble paying for their prescription medications, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released on Aug. 20.

 

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Most Americans think drug prices are unreasonable

More than 70 percent of Americans believe drug prices are unreasonable and nearly 25 percent have trouble paying for their prescription medications, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released on Aug. 20.

Fewer than 10% of people in the U.S. are uninsured

During the first quarter of 2015, seven million more people had health insurance compared with the same time period last year, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report.

Stress test cost calculator now available online

A free-to-use online calculator to help providers assess the cost of nuclear stress tests is now available from University Nuclear & Diagnostics (UND).

Medicare analysis shows promising progress and results

A recent analysis painted an optimistic view on Medicare, a program that is divisive among politicians, healthcare professionals and the general public.

Doctor-leaders favor physician accountability strongly, Obamacare slightly

A modest majority of physicians working in positions of executive leadership, 55 percent, believe there’s “more good than bad” in the Affordable Care Act. 

Health spending in U.S. increases 5.5 percent in 2014

For the first time in six years, health spending in the U.S. is projected to have increased more than five percent in 2014, mostly due to an expansion of insurance coverage. Prescription drug spending also played a role, growing 12.6 percent last year as costly hepatitis C medications and new treatments for cancer and multiple sclerosis became available.

Medicare program shows improvements in health outcomes & costs since 1999

An analysis of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries found all-cause mortality rates, hospitalization rates and expenditures per beneficiary decreased from 1999 to 2013. During that same time period, patients who were hospitalized also experienced better survival rates in later years and total hospitalizations and inpatient costs declined in the last six months of their lives, according to lead researcher Harlan Krumholz, MD.

Insurance coverage, access to care and self-reported health improves since ACA expansion

Since open enrollment for the health insurance exchanges began in October 2013, millions of more Americans have received coverage and their access to care and self-reported health have improved, according to an analysis of telephone surveys conducted in the past two years.

PCSK9 inhibitors lower cholesterol, but is cost a concern?

The FDA’s approval of the first proprotein convertase subtilisin kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitor brought about excitement for some with regards to the effectivenss of the new class of drugs in lowering cholesterol. It also raised concerns about the high costs associated with the medications.

Compensation for cardiologists increased in 2014

In 2014, the median compensation increased approximately 7.5 percent for a general cardiologist and 8.0 percent for a cardiologist working in the cath lab, according to an American Medical Group Association (AMGA) survey released on July 14. Meanwhile, compensation for cardiac or thoracic surgeons increased 4.8 percent from the previous year.

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