Category: Health Care Costs

Drug Prices: A Threat to Innovation

New drugs are hitting the market, offering patients additional treatment options. But many experts are concerned that the exorbitant prices of these medications will jeopardize medical innovation as we know it. Continue reading

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Price Information: An Essential Factor to Drive Health Care Value

Some of the largest health insurers teamed up with HCCI, using their claims data to provide national, state, and local cost estimates for more than 70 common services. Continue reading

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The charts that drugmakers don’t want you to see

Why are patients paying more for health care? Exhibit A: It’s the drug prices, which jumped more than 6 percent in the last year. Continue reading

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Expensive Prescription Drugs, The Big Driver Behind Medicare Spending

The latest monthly budget review from the Congressional Budget Office shows that the soaring costs of new treatments remain one of the leading drivers of rising health care costs. Continue reading

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Study: “This growing trend of diabetes cost is simply unsustainable”

The cost of diabetes care has more than doubled in the past 20 years, mostly driven by the rising price of new drugs, concludes a study recently published in the Diabetes Care journal. Continue reading

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The state struggle: Paying for excessively priced drugs

High-priced treatments continue to crush state budgets. California, for example, has set aside $300 million to pay for new hepatitis C drugs. But unfortunately, that cost is just the tip of the iceberg, according to an article from The Fresno Bee. Continue reading

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A wave of new cripplingly expensive drugs

The incoming wave of new biologics will be a boon for drugmakers, but a bust for health care budgets, The Economist reported. Continue reading

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Ringing in the New Year with Higher Prices

What can we expect in 2015? Increasingly expensive drug prices, according to a new article from Dow Jones Business News. Continue reading

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Easing the Financial and Health Burdens of Chronic Conditions

More than 133 million Americans have at least one chronic condition, a number expected to grow as the population ages. But without health insurance, a patient could have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for a year’s worth of prescriptions for one specialty drug to treat a chronic condition. Continue reading

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Here we go again: Another day, another six-figure drug price

Instead of acknowledging the growing consumer concern and outrage over soaring prices for medical services, media reports today show drugmakers are still turning a blind eye, slapping more six-figure price tags on critical treatments. Continue reading

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