Category: Cost Alert

Pharma’s Red Herring

Whenever drugmakers can’t come up with a sound argument against good policy, they roll out their time-tested “price controls” diversion. Please. Continue reading

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What do consumers really think about drug prices?

Echoing June’s Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, the latest survey again shows a large majority of consumers (72 percent) – especially those currently taking prescription drugs (77 percent) – say the cost of medical treatments is unreasonable. Continue reading

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Consumers ‘held hostage’ by soaring drug prices

Exorbitant prescription drug prices are hitting patients hard, forcing most to cut back on household expenses like food so they can afford their medications. Those are the results of a new survey from Consumer Reports, which also found that rising drug prices are inhibiting patients’ ability to pay for other medical care. Continue reading

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Prescription drugs push spending growth higher

Spending on prescription drugs are escalating faster than all other major health care categories, increasing at a whopping 9.4 percent. Continue reading

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Pricey Hep C Drugs to Blame for Higher Health Care Spending

Gilead’s Solvaldi and Harvoni – which ring in price tags at $1,000 or more per pill – were leading culprits behind the 12.6 percent prescription drug spending increase in 2014. Continue reading

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Improper patents lead to substantially higher drug costs

The problem of wrongly granted patents leads to higher prices for patients, small and large employers, Medicare, and Medicaid – not to mention billions of dollars of “pure economic waste,” according to a new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Continue reading

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Durham Op-Ed: “The Great Threat of Rising Health Care Costs”

Today’s Morning Consult features an op-ed by AHIP Interim CEO Dan Durham, in which he states now is the time to focus on ensuring health care accessibility, affordability, and quality. However, Durham highlights underlying challenges that all stakeholders need to confront in order to move the health system forward. Continue reading

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Striking down weak patents protects patients

In some cases, explosive drug prices are the result of drugmakers’ patent schemes that financially distress consumers and limit their treatment options. That is why a recent proposal to exempt pharmaceutical companies from a key consumer protection would leave families across the country even more hostage to egregious pharmaceutical prices. Continue reading

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Hill Briefing Examines the Truth About Premiums

Influential factors that go into premiums took center stage this afternoon at a Capitol Hill briefing hosted by centrist think tank Third Way. The panelists all emphasized the fact that proposed premiums vary greatly; and therefore, it’s crucial to consider the full picture when looking at changes in premiums. Continue reading

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Studies, experts agree: Provider consolidation drives up the cost of care

Here’s where it’s important to understand that insurance premiums track the underlying cost of medical care, like the cost of doctor’s visits, hospital stays, and prescription medications. So as the costs of medical care increase, so do premiums. One explanation for increases in hospital prices is consolidation among hospitals and other providers. Continue reading

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