Too many Americans are skipping prescribed medications because they find them too expensive. That foretells trouble for payers—and for patients. On this page, you’ll find several relevant facts and numbers.
Researchers used callers, posing as the uninsured, to call primary care offices. They got appointments if they could pay the fee. Things changed, however, if the callers tried to work out a deal by which they would pay in installments. Far fewer callers could get appointments in such cases.
Frequent shift work, particularly at night, increases type 2 diabetes risk factors, according to a study in Diabetes Care. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston looked at the impact on 270,000 people who currently work the night shift, using data from the UK Biobank.
Health care is increasingly becoming like other retail encounters—a transaction between buyers and sellers. Patients, providers, payers—everybody needs to adjust. With the right technology and the will to change, the process of paying for health care can become as simple—and as painless—as getting a haircut.