Tag: affordability

The Simple Facts Behind Increasing Health Care Costs

The facts are clear. Sky-high drug prices strike twice – saddling patients with unaffordable costs and imposing a financial burden on everyone in the U.S. health care system. With a wave of new treatments carrying six-figure price tags in the pipeline, is there any relief in sight? Continue reading

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Chart of the day: Drug prices keep rising faster than inflation. Much faster.

An AARP report shows the prices for brand-name prescription drugs often used by older adults jumped by an average of 13 percent last year alone, according to a new article in Pharmacy Times. That’s more than eight times faster than the general inflation rate. Continue reading

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Actuaries: High-cost meds threaten Medicaid’s ability to deliver quality, affordable care

In a recent analysis, the American Academy of Actuaries warns of a high-cost issue threatening Medicaid’s ability to balance access, quality, and affordability. The high-cost issue is the unsustainable price of breakthrough medications, like $1,000-a-pill Sovaldi. Continue reading

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Letter to the editor: Where’s the drug pricing transparency?

The astronomical price tag for a hepatitis C treatment highlights a major problem plaguing our health care system and its patients: a lack of transparency around pharmaceutical price setting, as noted in a Washington Post letter to the editor from Laura Worby, a primary care nurse practitioner. Continue reading

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The value of provider networks

Consumers shopping for coverage will find that health plans offer a range of provider network choices. Understanding the value of provider networks is important, especially as consumers enroll in or change plans during Open Enrollment. Continue reading

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How to solve the cancer care cost crisis

The nonpartisan Alliance for Health Reform and WellPoint today held an event that looked at cancer care–which costs about $125 billion a year–and whether new delivery reforms can lead to better care at lower costs for cancer patients. Continue reading

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Beware: A handful of drugs with enormous price tags

“What good is a miracle drug if you can’t afford it?” So asks Dr. John D. Bennett, the President and CEO of Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan, in an article in the Albany Business Review. It’s a question we’ve long been asking drugmakers, and like Dr. Bennnett, we’re still waiting for an answer. Continue reading

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The outcome of provider consolidation: “Prices go up. Premiums go up.”

The body of evidence against anticompetitive provider consolidation keeps growing, and keeps reaching the same conclusion – Hospital consolidation in concentrated markets is followed by a major increase in medical prices. Continue reading

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3 examples of health plans driving high-value health care

While helping consumers choose the right coverage, health plans also are working to make coverage as affordable as possible by driving health care delivery reforms. Let’s look at a few health plan innovations that are successfully promoting affordability and quality. Continue reading

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4 scary facts about health care

Halloween is a time for ghosts and ghouls, and everything scary. And in the spirit of spirit of Halloween, we’ve got something more terrifying than any ghost story – four truly scary facts about health care. Continue reading

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