Posts Tagged ‘access to care’

Absurd Arguments About Cost of Obesity Care

March 14, 2023 — Recently, we have written much about the high cost of obesity medicines, limited coverage under health plans, and the need for change. This is a very real problem and glaciers melt faster (sad to say) than policy makers make progress on this. But absurd arguments about the cost of obesity care do not help. In […]

OCW2023: Preventing Obesity Care

March 1, 2023 — “The only way to reverse our obesity epidemic is by preventing obesity in the first place.” This perfect expression of a perfectly unreal approach to obesity appears in The Hill today. Optimism about obesity treatment is “not warranted,” write Anthony Biglan and Diana Fishbein. Instead, businesses must stop selling us food “with an irresistible taste.” […]

OCW2023: The Fear of Delivering Obesity Care

February 28, 2023 — To be sure, fear of change is understandable. The number of people living with obesity and suffering its complications has grown large. Achieving a balance between treating a problem like obesity and preventing it is tricky. To make it worse, we are living in a time when the media has figured out that fear and […]

Obesity Care Week 2023: Looking Forward and Back

February 27, 2023 — More than a decade of life as a champion for obesity care has been an enlightening road to travel. Obesity Care Week 2023 is a great occasion for looking forward because there can be no doubt. As Axios recently explained, the healthcare system is in the midst of a great re-think of obesity: “Doctors and […]

OCW2023: Defining Basic, Decent Obesity Care

February 24, 2023 — Obesity Care Week has come as we are in the midst of a great public re-thinking of obesity care. Feelings about this subject are strong, but facts are catching up with those feelings and causing people to reconsider old ways of thinking. The dialogue goes in many directions, but a key issue is access to […]

Real Conversations About Obesity Med Costs?

February 20, 2023 — Public discourse about new medicines for treating obesity is easy to find right now – and a lot of it seems unreal from our vantage point. Headlines about people “terrified” by the prospect of effective options for kids with severe obesity or debating which Hollywood stars might be taking one of these drugs are weirdly off-topic. […]

Is Medical Care Becoming a Luxury?

February 8, 2023 — “I can’t afford to spend any more time here [in the hospital]. I don’t have the money.” These are the words of a victim in the mass shooting at Half Moon Bay, California, last month. It points to an uncomfortable truth. Increasingly, medical care is becoming a luxury. Helaine Olen describes it for the Washington […]

Extra Harshness of Health Insurance on Obesity?

February 7, 2023 — For most Americans today, the reality of health insurance is harsh. More than half of us have enrolled in high-deductible health plans that can bankrupt us if we get sick. Insurers play games to deny people coverage for expensive drugs they can’t possibly afford out of pocket. So is the harshness of health insurance toward […]

The Intersection of Drug Prices, Insurance, and Obesity

January 31, 2023 — There’s an ugly accident at the intersection of U.S. drug prices, health insurance, and obesity. In a report yesterday, NPR reporter Allison Aubrey described how people living with obesity, after finding at long last that they have an option to get their medical condition under control, learn that they’re at the mercy of excessive drug […]

A Tale of Two (or More) Obesities

January 25, 2023 — When a medical condition starts to define how we see ourselves, the conversation about it gets messy. Is this a health concern? Or is it about appearance and vanity? Is concern about obesity something for the few and the wealthy? Or something that profoundly affects the health of a large segment of the population across […]