Health Spending in America – Self-Rationing Slows Cost Increases

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

Posted 1/13/12 on Health Populi

The Big Headline under the banner of Health Economics this week is the statistic that growth in U.S. national health spending slowed to an anemic 3.9%  in 2010 — the slowest rate of growth in the 51-year history of keeping the National Health Expenditure Accounts.

Before American policymakers, providers, plans and suppliers pat themselves on their collective back on a job well-done, the heavy-lifting behind this story was largely undertaken by health consumers themselves in the form of facing greater co-pays, premiums and prices for health services — and as a result, self-rationing off health care services and utilization, which negatively impacts providers and suppliers alike.

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Health Care Where We Live, Play, Work and Pray: How Ford & Toyota’s mHealth Pilots Fit into Whole Health

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

First published 5/23/11 on Health Populi

In an interview in March 2011 with the Los Angeles Times, Dr. Regina Benjamin, the U.S. Surgeon General, said, “We can’t look at health in isolation. It’s not just in the doctor’s office. It’s got to be where we live, we work, we play, we pray. If you have a healthy community, you have a healthy individual.”

Ford’s announcement last week that the automaker would team up with WellDoc to incorporate mobile health sensors into the company’s SYNC connectivity system  follows Toyota’s mhealth concept, the RiN, launched in 2007.

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Mayo Finds Heart Patients Self-Ration, Skip Meds, Due to Costs

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

First published 3/30/11 on Health Populi

If you are a person with heart disease and you have received treatment at the Mayo Clinic, you’re certainly a fortunate health citizen. The hospital was just ranked #2 best hospital in the U.S. by US News & World Report.

However, if that’s you and the costs of post-op treatment — namely prescription drugs — are out of your financial reach, then you might skip them; thus, undoing your top-notch acute care.

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