The Pew Charitable Trusts says that “health spending per inmate varied dramatically in fiscal 2015, as it had in past years—from $2,173 in Louisiana to $19,796 in California.” Pew researchers could not determine what exactly causes the variation.
Opioids remain the go-to products because they target the mu opioid receptor, which has been shown to be the most effective pathway to reduce pain. The holy grail for drug developers is an agent that stifles pain without producing the euphoria and addiction of opioids.
Insurers were able to reduce hospital admission prices by 5% in markets where both insurers and providers were highly concentrated. In such markets, they also reduced the fees of cardiologists, radiologists and hematologists/oncologists by 4% to 19%, according to a Health Affairs study. Primary care and orthopedics prices weren’t affected.