Health insurance is a huge worry for middle-aged Americans

Nearly half of adults in their 50s and early 60s aren't sure they'd be able to afford health insurance in retirement, a new survey shows.

Kara Gavin-U. Michigan | Feb. 10, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

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Out-of-pocket costs of having a baby can be ‘staggering’

Average out-of-pocket health care spending for having a baby jumped from $3,069 in 2008 to $4,569 in 2015. "These are not small co-pays."

Beata Mostafavi-Michigan | Jan. 7, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

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Air ambulance services seriously overcharge patients

Charges for air ambulance services in 2016 were as much as 9.5 times the rate Medicare allows. A market failure within the industry explains why.

Patrick Ercolano-JHU | Jan. 3, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

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Why health care premiums are higher in rural places

Why do rural patients pay higher health care premiums? New research finds it's not primarily an issue of having too few doctors.

Neil Schoenherr-WUSTL | Dec. 9, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

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No, immigrants aren’t moving between states for health care

New research debunks what some people have called the "magnet effect," an idea that immigrants will move states for better public health care benefits.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford | Nov. 25, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

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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   

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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   

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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   

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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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