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Congress Tackles Drug Prices: Much Bipartisan Support; and Recent Trends in Drug Costs Here and What Other Countries Pay

Finally it looks like Congress might just re-visit Medicare Part D and let Medicare negotiate rates with drug companies.   See charts below: http://www.statnews.com/2015/12/01/stat-harvard-drug-prices-poll/  The VA and Medicaid can negotiate rates. Senate Special Committee on Aging holds drug costs hearing December … Continue reading

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Drug Costs and Congress: Investments, Contributions and You

A scathing new article on Congress and its financial conflicts of interests with drug and device companies appears in STAT, a news firm specializing in health and science. It examines Senators and Representatives who have oversight of the FDA and … Continue reading

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Health Care Technology, Innovation and Costs: Who Decides??

In June 2013, we raised the question about who decides coverage for health care technology, medications and devices. We even looked at the role of venture capital firms in health care treatments and their costs. http://oconnorreport.com/2013/06/special-report-worth-the-cost-and-benefit-drugs-and-devices-who-decides/ If there were a … Continue reading

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Drug Costs, Fast Tracking and Dangers of Some Biologics; Getting Caught in Medical Debt; Continuing Looks Into and Questions about Hospital CEO Salaries; Bree Collaborative Seeks Public Comment on Bundled Payments for Hips and Knees; How the ACA Impacts Employers, and Finally a Survey That Let’s You Object, Abstain and Comment! And Happy Birthday, Dick Spady, 90 YO 10/15!

While health care costs have been slowing, drugs are becoming increasingly expensive. This article raises troubling questions about how we set our pharmaceutical and medical device costs. Even agencies that are supposed to police medicines and devices let the manufacturers … Continue reading

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Special Report: Worth the Cost and Benefit? Drugs and Devices–Who Decides?

This is a second of a two part series on health care technology costs, benefits, effectiveness and safety.  At $152 million dollars, a new cancer proton therapy facility sits on the campus of Northwest Hospital in Seattle, Washington, a joint … Continue reading

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Disposable

They come in all forms—diapers, razor blades, cell phones.   We use them, wear them out and toss them without a thought into the trash to go to some land fill somewhere we will never see.  Hauled off, out of sight. … Continue reading

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National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategies

The current Integrator Blog looks at a new study from Group Health Cooperative on including CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) providers in patient satisfaction and health outcomes.   See the story and a link to the article http://theintegratorblog.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=724&Itemid=189 The timing is … Continue reading

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CCMC Final Recommendations: 1932

The CCMC’s final report summarized its earlier findings and recommendations, but it added a new fifth recommendation that would be the final nail in the coffin of the Committee’s work:  Education.  The CCMC believed a group practice model would wholly … Continue reading

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CCMC: Ways to Pay for Care 1932

 This post was erroneously omitted from the series.  In earlier blogs, we noted that the CCMC wanted a health care system founded on community health centers organized around a hospital and managed by a citizen/public non-profit board of directors. But, … Continue reading

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Crocodile Tears

As we enter this new 2011 political arena with Republican vows to repeal or dismantle “ObamaCare,” I need to weigh in on the subject. I am a writer. I record. I am not a nurse, a doctor or anyone who … Continue reading

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