Tag: Medical Prices

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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The Price Is High and Stays There

The price of tests and scans continue to increase, although the equipment used to perform the procedures has become less expensive. Continue reading

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TEDMED: Tackling the Challenges of Accessibility and Affordability in Health Care

AHIP’s VP for Policy Greg Gierer today joined a group of experts to discuss health care pricing and sustainability. They tackled the question of how to make innovative treatments more accessible to patients while reining in the high cost of care. Continue reading

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Exorbitant drug prices put quality of life and quality of care at risk

The increasing cost of drugs is creating a “financially toxic” cycle that harms the quality of life and quality of care of cancer patients and survivors, according to experts who spoke at the American Society of Hematology’s annual meeting in San Francisco. Continue reading

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Heed the Price Warnings on Provider Consolidation

The growing trend of provider consolidation is expected to continue, which means so too will major medical price increases. With merger mania building up speed, health care leaders, policymakers, and consumers should heed warnings about the dangerous, long-term effects of anticompetitive provider consolidation. Continue reading

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Deep Dive: The Backstory on Sovaldi’s Sky-High Price Tag

A new Vox article gives the story behind Gilead’s $84,000 hepatitis C drug Sovaldi. And the moral of the story is that the sky’s the limit for drug prices in the United States. Continue reading

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Provider consolidation: A lot of evidence and a lot at stake

Provider consolidation sets off a chain reaction that leads to higher prices for consumers, The Journal News reports. 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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INFOGRAPHIC: The cost of prescription drugs then and now

Despite the introduction of new, and in many cases more innovative medical treatments, prescription drugs that have been around for years continue to get more and more expensive. Continue reading

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It’s the R&D Costs? Really?

“The drug companies have to put a price on a medicine that reflects the cost of developing them, which is very expensive and takes a long period of time, and the value that it can provide.” Oh, really? “The cost of developing them.” That’s why drugs are so expensive? Really? Continue reading

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