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Healthcare Costs Are Skyrocketing Along with the Deficit

Healthcare Costs Are Skyrocketing Along with the Deficit

Forty percent of family financial gains over the past 10 years were wiped out by increasing healthcare costs-money that would have been spent elsewhere, according to a report in September’s issue of Health Affairs, Health Affairs Median income for a typical family of four went from $76,000 in 1999 to $99,000 in 2009. That increase […]

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Cutting Healthcare Costs in Massachusetts

Cutting Healthcare Costs in Massachusetts

Massachusetts, which has universal healthcare, is in a dilemma; healthcare costs are skyrocketing, threatening to bankrupt the state. Massachusetts spends 33% more per person than the national average for healthcare, up from 23% in 1980; this translates into approximately $9000 per person. Government and industry officials agree that if costs aren’t controlled the plan will […]

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Drug Costs Are Soaring

High-cost drugs used to treat relatively few people suffering from complex conditions like anemia, cancer, hemophilia, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and human growth hormone deficiencey are often the most expensive, costing thousands of dollars for each prescription. Unfortunately, many folks with chronic diseases like these don’t realize their costs until they go to pick up their […]

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750,000 People Die Each Year From Unnecessary Medical Care

Acting for the good of the patient is the most ancient and universally acknowledged principal of medical ethics (E.D. Pellegrino. The Philosophy of Medicine. University of Notre Dame Press, 2008). The good that patients seek is restoration of health and a return to his/her definition of way of life. The physician promises to help with […]

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Use Designated Cancer Centers to For the Best Care

Not surprisingly, given our aging population, a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute and reported in the lay pressfound that healthcare costs for cancer treatment will skyrocket over the next ten years. The elderly, of course, disproportionately share the burden of chronic disease, including cancer. Contributing greatly to the skyrocketing costs is […]

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