Category: Health Care Costs

Too Expensive

While drug manufacturers turn a blind eye to the fact that they charge some of the highest prices in the world, patients are paying attention – and they’re not happy about it. Continue reading

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Let’s get serious about affordability

How do we rein in unsustainable prices for medical services and treatments to keep care within reach for patients? Continue reading

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Innovative medical cures and affordability: The health care dilemma

Today the Partnership for Quality Care held a forum on sustainable prescription drug pricing – something that we need but still don’t have, according to the panelists. Continue reading

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The Discussion About Access We Need To Have

To provide the affordable coverage that consumers want, all stakeholders have to be willing to embrace the goal of affordability and work together to achieve it. This means that the old ways have to change. Continue reading

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This isn’t a game of monopoly

Ever rising prescription drug prices mean more expensive coverage for individuals, families, and employers. Many of the astronomical price tags for medicines can be traced back to business practices that promote monopoly-like pricing rather than improved patient access. Continue reading

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What’s Driving up Premiums? Prescription Drugs

Soaring six-figure prescription drug prices are driving up health care spending, and that puts upward pressure on premiums, deductibles, and cost-sharing. Continue reading

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The Unanswered Question of High-Cost Drugs

More than three-quarters of the public say more needs to be done to make high-priced prescription drugs more affordable for those who need them, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll. Recent reports demonstrate those concerns are warranted: Continue reading

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Cancer drug pricing: “what the market will bear”

A new cancer drug usually costs more than $100,000 a year. However, that high price tag has nothing to do with the drug’s innovation or efficacy for patients, according to a new study in JAMA Oncology. Continue reading

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Medicare, taxpayers foot $4.5 billion bill for 3 hepatitis C drugs

Medicare spent $4.5 billion on Sovaldi, Harvoni, and Olysio last year – 15 times more than what the program spent to treat the disease from 2013 to 2014, according to an article from ProPublica and the Washington Post. That’s a 15-fold jump thanks to three new medications. Continue reading

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It’s Prices, Not Coverage

A recent op-ed in the Morning Consult touted the idea of separate deductibles for prescription drugs. Such a misguided suggestion will only make matters worse for patients who need access to lifesaving medications. Continue reading

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