Posts Tagged ‘health economics’

Hoping for the Magic of Wellness to Kick In

April 18, 2019 — The data are stubbornly refusing to cooperate with the wizards of workplace wellness. A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds no effect on health or economic outcomes. Professor Eric Topol aptly sums it up in a tweet: The folly of “workplace wellness” programs: no clinical outcome improvements despite billions of […]

Let’s Repeal the Diabetes Tax

April 14, 2019 — Tomorrow is tax day in the U.S. Maybe you have it all squared away or maybe it’s not a worry for you. Whatever the case may be, it’s worth taking this moment to think about a tax we could all live without. Writing in Diabetes Care, Timothy Dall tells us that we’re all paying what […]

Older Than Dirt, Phentermine Works

March 23, 2019 — It’s great to have new options for obesity meds. Since 2010, FDA has approved four of them. But the fact is that the mainstay of obesity meds is still something that’s older than dirt – phentermine. And new data suggests that it can work safely and effectively when used as a chronic med for this […]

Unaffordable Drugs: Simple Greed or a Complex Market?

March 17, 2019 — Prescription drug prices are under the microscope again and the intense scrutiny is unlikely to fade anytime soon. That’s because those prices are hurting people who need the drugs. The prime example of unaffordable drugs is insulin. In the short time between 2012 and 2016 alone, costs of insulin almost doubled. Some patients who need […]

Access to Care Is Dropping – Here’s Why

February 3, 2019 — We like to be optimistic. In many, many ways, things are getting better for dealing with obesity. Science is giving us a much better understanding of the physiology of this disease. AMA and medical organizations all over the world recognize it a chronic disease, not evidence of some sort of character flaw. And treatment options […]

Why Is Respectful Care for Childhood Obesity Remarkable?

September 5, 2018 — A new viewpoint in JAMA Pediatrics yesterday reminds us that respectful care for childhood obesity is remarkable. Why? How can it be that good care for one of the most common health problems of childhood is unusual? Respectful Language Is a Start Fatima Cody Stanford and Ted Kyle point out that respectful language is an […]

Meeting the Challenge of Scale for Obesity Care

August 24, 2018 — It’s a thought bubble that looms over many conversations about obesity. A hundred million Americans have it. Therefore, we can’t possibly respond on an adequate scale with treatment. All too often, that thought is enough. Conversations about obesity care stop before they really get started. But a new study published in Obesity today points to […]

Like Magic: Eat Healthy, Save Billions

June 12, 2018 — Do we all have permission to deploy truthful hyperbole now? Judging from nutrition headlines today, the answer is unmistakable. Who needs healthcare? A small shift in eating patterns could save billions said Carolyn Scrafford of Exponent in a press release from Nutrition 2018: We found that increasing adherence to healthy dietary patterns by even 20 percent […]

Growing Old with Obesity, Blowing Up Healthcare Budgets

June 6, 2018 — If you’re looking for good economic news, avert your eyes from healthcare. Trustees told us yesterday that Medicare will be insolvent only eight years from now. That’s three years sooner than the last estimate. One reason is that healthcare spending is growing faster now. Healthcare spending is up by 5.3% this year. Why? A new […]

Costly Hurdles for Bariatric Surgery

May 29, 2018 — It’s hard to say exactly why we’ve put so many hurdles in the way of effective obesity care. But a new analysis in Medical Care shows us that these are costly hurdles. David Kim, David Arterburn, Sean Sullivan, and Anirban Basu find that cost sharing for bariatric surgery is a bad idea. Payers lose $7 […]