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Jan
23

WebMD: Spending More on Health Care? Here's Why

  By Robert Preidt Americans spent more on health care in 2016, even though their use of health care did not increase, and rising costs are the reason why, a new report shows. "It is time to have a national conversation on the role of price increases in the growth of health care spending," said Niall Brennan, president of the Health Care Cost Institute . The institute is a non-partisan, nonpr...
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Jan
23

Washington Post: Working Americans are using less health care, but spending more

By: Carolyn Johnson Americans who get health insurance through their jobs are not using more medical care than they were five years ago, but they are spending more due to soaring medical prices, according to a new report. Health spending for the more than 150 million people who receive insurance through their employers was $5,407 per person in 2016. That is a 4.6 percent increase over 2015, even t...
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Jan
05

Doctors Lounge: Socioeconomic Factors Associated With Opioid Prescriptions

‚Äč Among disabled Medicare beneficiaries, county-level socioeconomic factors are associated with opioid prescriptions, with more prescriptions seen with lower socioeconomic indicators, according to a study published in the January issue of Medical Care . Chao Zhou, Ph.D., from the Health Care Cost Institute in Washington, D.C., and colleagues examined opioid prescriptions of disabled Medicare benef...
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Dec
05

Healthcare Dive: ER facility fees skyrocket faster than outpatient or overall healthcare spending

 By: Les Masterson Dive Brief: Hospital emergency room (ER) facility fees increased 89% between 2009 and 2015, which is twice as fast as outpatient care and four times as fast as overall healthcare spending, reported Vox and Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) in a new report. Vox and HCCI analyzed 70 million insurance bills for ER visits. The analysis focused on facility fees and not the hospi...
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Dec
04

Vox: Emergency rooms are monopolies. Patients pay the price.

By: Sarah Kliff  Around 1 am on August 20, Ismael Saifan woke up with a terrible pain in his lower back, likely the result of moving furniture earlier that day. "It was a very sharp muscle pain," Saifan, a 39-year-old engineer, remembers. "I couldn't move or sleep in any position. I was trying laying down, sitting down, nothing worked." Saifan went online to figure out where he could see a do...
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