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Your superbly entertaining compiler of”The Friday Breeze,” Brianna Labuskes, is away now, so I am jumping into stay abreast of the week’s vital health care news. Here is what I found most fascinating, some of it far away from the headlines.
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Moving on to information, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation issued its county wellness rankings this week. It’s a user friendly display of a matrix of health indicators that allows you identify the country’s trouble spots. This year’s report, the foundation explains, tried to get at the relationship of the cost of home to health. “The study reveals that in many segregated counties nearly one in four households spends more than half of their income on housing, compared with one in 10 white families.”
Elisabeth Rosenthal, the editor-in-chief of KHN, wrote an analysis from the New York Times of Eli Lilly’s baffling public relations move to cut insulin prices in the U.S. with an”authorized generic.” She reads,”It’s, possibly, a sign of desperate Americans are looking to get something — anything to counteract the escalating price of medication that Lilly’s move was greeted with praise as opposed to a collective’Huh? ”’
First, the scourge of all fentanyl medication overdoses is increasing most sharply among African-Americans. The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, that did the research, said the synthetic opioid can also be a element in the rise of passing rates across other demographic groups.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention a fantastic article by another KHN staffer, Fred Schulte, that using Erika Fry of Fortune magazine published concerning the mess that electronic health records have gotten. It is long, but good at illuminating a problem that is largely invisible to patients.
Doctors will like this one: a study comparing hospital CEO wages — nonprofit hospital CEOsin mind you — together with physician wages . CEO salaries are 5 times higher than surgeons’ salariesup in the ratio of 3-to-1 just 10 years earlier.
While we are on the topic of the high cost of health care, the national government’s General Accountability Office issued an overview of air ambulances along with the sky-high invoices the businesses send sufferers. (KHN featured the problem in its own “Bill of the Month” series along with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch did some excellent pieces about the issue this past year.) Bob Herman of Axios noted the report revealed that the median cost of medical helicopter transport in 2017 was $36,400.
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A group of academics studying anti-vaccination posts on Facebook discovered that it’s not only the unfounded fear of adultery driving the sentiment. While 86 percent of those posters were women, their motivation varied from conspiracy — since in poliovirus doesn’t exist and pesticides due to the clinical signs of polio — into a belief in alternative medicine — eating yogurt cures human papillomavirus.
Medication prices remain the hot issue this week in health care news. The BBC looked at the high drug costs in the U.S. compared with the prices from Great Britain and also chortled a little.
Let us dive in my own”Department of Health Studies,” where I found several worthy of your time.
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Many news outlets reported on a study about the Apple Watch and its greatly encouraged capacity to discover an irregular pulse. Even the Apple-funded study, that hasn’t yet been printed or peer reviewed, reasoned the watch functions.