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Health-Benefit Costs Increase The Most in Six Years–Why? Industry answers sound like a “Twlight Zone episode” September 28, 2011

Posted by medvision in Chronic Disease, health data, Healthcare Costs, Insurance Plans, Uncategorized.
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Here’s one of multiple press accounts of the latest Kaiser Foundation poll: http://tinyurl.com/3u5oqmp A 9% trend climb in 2011 showing family coverage average cost of $15,073.  Why? Kaiser relates: The health law enacted last year accounts for 1 to 2 percentage points of the premium increases in 2011. And–Contributing to the rise in premiums are escalating prices for medical products and services, fewer young and healthy people in the insurance pool and new preventive benefits under the health overhaul, said Karen Ignagni, the chief executive officer of the Washington-based America’s Health Insurance Plans, said in a statement.

What a tap dance! Here’s what’s fueling cost–Uncontrolled Chronic Disease! Why can’t we see the elephant? Maybe the solutions are too involved to discuss?

The CDC is awake! http://tinyurl.com/4apmjdf Sounds scary? Is our national chronic disease status (one out of every two Americans) helped or hurt by the ongoing trend of increasing front end cost/imposing higher deductibles on consumers suffering from chronic disease? Are new preventative benefits adding to the cost and suffering impact of chronic disease?

Chronic disease is the enemy–not $60 physician visits. If diabetes left in an uncontrolled state can cost $1 million, why do we nickel and dime the 1st $5,000 of services which may prevent the huge claim?

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A targeted shot at US physicians September 9, 2011

Posted by medvision in Employee Wellness, Healthcare Costs, Healthcare Reform, Insurance Plans, Uncategorized.
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The attached should throw a bucket of cold water on our US docs. According to friends of our president, the entire, excuse me–70% of our US healthcare system’s high cost is due to the salaries of physicians. http://tinyurl.com/3qjvm9t Funny, but my client data indicates 70% of costs are paid to hospitals?

The upcoming “joint commission” of congress will quickly fix this systemic flaw! Don’t worry. We’re from the government and we’re here to help you? 

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