Layoffs cost 5.4 million americans their health insurance

(HealthDay)—About 5.4 million Americans lost their health insurance after being laid off between February and May due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study shows. The number of adults who lost coverage due to unemployment during those months is higher than the number of those who have ever lost insurance in a single year, The New York Times reported. The […]

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Having a baby may cost some families $4,500 out-of-pocket

One of the most expensive parts of having a baby may involve the birth itself, a new Michigan Medicine study suggests. For some families, average out-of-pocket health care spending for maternity care—including the pregnancy, delivery and three months postpartum—jumped from $3,069 in 2008 to $4,569 in 2015, according to findings published in the January issue of Health Affairs. And the […]

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High cost of re-operation after breast-conserving surgery

A small number of women require re-operation after breast-conserving surgery (BCS) for breast cancer, if the surgical margins are not free from cancer. A new BJS (British Journal of Surgery) analysis reveals the expense of re-operation. If re-operation rates can be minimized, there may be considerable efficiency savings. Using data from relevant published studies, the authors found the median hospital […]

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High Cost Has Over 1 in 4 Diabetics Cutting Back on Insulin

MONDAY, Dec. 3, 2018 — More than one-quarter of people with diabetes have skimped on needed insulin because of the drug’s soaring price tag, according to a new small study. Surveying nearly 200 Americans with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, researchers found 26 percent had underused insulin because of cost. But insulin isn’t a drug you can safely ration, […]

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One in four patients say they’ve skimped on insulin because of high cost

For patients with diabetes, insulin is a life-saving medicine and an essential component of diabetes management, yet in the past decade alone, the out-of-pocket costs for insulin have doubled in the United States. One-quarter of patients with type 1 or 2 diabetes have reported using less insulin than prescribed due to these high costs, Yale researchers write in JAMA Internal […]

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Revealed, the true cost of air pollution

Revealed, the true cost of pollution: Toxic air can harm the blood pressure, heart rhythms and circulatory systems of millions, damning report warns The Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants analysed many studies  It is considered the most comprehensive review on pollution’s impact to date The WHO says 300million people live in places where toxic fumes are six […]

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