Hispanics live longer than most Americans, but will the US obesity epidemic change things?

Hispanics born in the US have worse health outcomes than Hispanics in the US who were born in countries from which they emigrated.

Jennifer Van Hook, Roy C. Buck Professor of Sociology and Demography, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
Oct. 16, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: obesity health-disparities health-care-costs

Spending on ‘orphan drugs’ for kids rose 65% in 5 years

The percentage of health spending that went to "orphan drugs" for rare childhood diseases rose 65% in 5 years. Families’ portion rose even faster.

Kara Gavin-U. Michigan • futurity
Oct. 12, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: health-care-costs childrens-health health-and-medicine medications

What are the health care costs of wildfire smoke?

New research estimates the yearly costs in health care due to wildfire smoke in California. The costs are staggering and rising.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Oct. 8, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: pollution health-care-costs wildfire forests money smoke featured health-and-medicine

Medical debt can keep people homeless longer

Medical debt can prolong stretches of homelessness, according to a new study in King County, Washington.

Kim Eckart-Washington • futurity
July 1, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: health-care-costs insurance money homelessness society-and-culture health-and-medicine debt

If fees for COVID-19 care can vanish, why not others?

"If we could decide as a nation to change everything" to remove out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 care, why not things like diabetes and pregnancy, too?

Kara Gavin-U. Michigan • futurity
May 22, 2020 ~12 min

Tags: covid-19 health-care-costs insurance money featured health-and-medicine

Coronavirus medical costs could soar into hundreds of billions as more Americans become infected

Reopening state economies too soon risks a second wave of the pandemic, and a surge in medical costs. Anyone who pays insurance premiums and taxes will be picking up the tab.

Bruce Y. Lee, Professor of Health Policy and Management, City University of New York • conversation
May 4, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health covid-19 coronavirus economics health-care-costs insurance economy hospitals us-economy

Time to unlink work and health insurance in the US?

There's no reason for health care insurance to be tied to employment in the United States, an expert argues. That's especially true as we face a pandemic.

Sandra Knispel-U. Rochester • futurity
April 1, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: health-care-costs insurance jobs health-and-medicine

Coronavirus spotlights health inequity that was already bad

COVID-19 reveals the gaps in access to health care and in the health of Americans from marginalized groups. But it's a chance to work towards health equity, too.

Neil Schoenherr-WUSTL • futurity
March 31, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 health-care-costs money health-and-medicine socioeconomic-status race-and-ethnicity

93% of people over 65 want Medicare to add dental coverage

Almost all respondents in a new survey say they want dental insurance added to Medicare coverage. The report also shows cost is a barrier to dental health.

U. Michigan • futurity
March 25, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: teeth medicare health-care-costs insurance health-and-medicine

Social ties make AA the most effective way to stop drinking

Alcoholics Anonymous is almost always more effective than therapy, a new review shows. AA participation lowered health care costs, too.

Stanford • futurity
March 13, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: addiction alcohol health-care-costs featured social-lives health-and-medicine

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