Big for-profit dialysis companies worsen patient care

After acquisition by for-profit dialysis chains, survival rates fell by as much as 2.9%, and patients were 8.5% less likely to get a transplant or join a transplant waiting list during their first year.

Duke University | Nov. 7, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

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Therapy or antidepressants? It’s a draw at 5 years

When you take five-year view, the costs and benefits of therapy and medication for major depression end up being about the same, research finds.

U. Michigan | Oct. 29, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine antidepressants depression health-care-costs insurance medications therapy

More chronic illness uncovered after Medicaid expansion

New research documents an increase in chronic illness diagnoses and care after Medicaid expansion in Michigan.

Kara Gavin-U. Michigan | Oct. 2, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine health-care-costs insurance medicaid poverty

Breast cancer treatment costs influence patient choices

"Surgeons often discuss the emotional and physical side-effects of treatment, yet we rarely discuss the costs."

Sarah Avery-Duke | Aug. 5, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine breast-cancer cancer decisions health-care-costs money surgery

Sometimes generic drugs actually cost more

"...for Medicare beneficiaries with $20,000 to $80,000 in annual drug spending, using only brand-name drugs could actually save them money."

Vanderbilt U. | July 16, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

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‘Bulk’ birth control cuts costs, unintended pregnancies

Giving women a year's supply of birth control pills would save money and prevent pregnancies, according to research with veterans.

Erin Hare-Pittsburgh | July 9, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

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New Medicare rules benefit poorer patients

New rules for Medicare reimbursement push more of the cost burden to hospitals that serve wealthier patients.

Julia Evangelou Strait-WUSTL | April 22, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

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In tough times, single moms spend more on kids’ health

After an economic shock—like the loss of a job or health insurance—single mothers shift health care dollars to their kids.

Caitlin Coyle-Rutgers | Feb. 20, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine childrens-health families health-care-costs money mothers parents

U.S. health care spending is way higher than other countries

"It's not that we're getting more; it's that we're paying much more."

Barbara Benham-Johns Hopkins | Jan. 8, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

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Poll: Older Americans are really worried about health insurance

Almost half of Americans ages 50 to 64 are worried they won't be able to afford insurance in retirement, according to a new poll.

Kara Gavin-U. Michigan | Jan. 7, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

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