The Self-Care Economy: OTC Medicines in the U.S. Deliver Value to the Health System

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

Posted 2/7/12 on Health Populi

U.S. health consumers’ purchase and use of over-the-counter medicines (OTCs) generate $102 billion worth of value to the health system every year. Half of this value accrues to employers who sponsor health insurance for their workforce; 25% goes to government payers (e.g., Medicare, Medicaid); and, 25% returns to self-insured and uninsured people.

For every $1 spent on OTCs, $6.50 is saved by the U.S. health system, shown by the chart.

For millions of health consumers, OTCs substitute for a visit to a doctor’s office: most cost-savings generated by OTC use are in saved costs of not visiting a clinician, as discussed inThe Value of OTC Medicine to the United States, published by the Consumer Healthcare Products Association in January 2012.

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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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