Posts Tagged ‘health economics’

Systematically Putting Obesity Care Out of Reach

July 16, 2020 — For most people, it’s invisible. But looking at the world through the eyes of a well-informed person living with obesity, it’s easy to see. Healthcare is not for us. Obesity care is mostly out of reach. Bariatric surgery is for the privileged. In fact, new research from the University of Georgia tells us that people […]

A Steep Price to Pay for Untreated NASH

January 11, 2020 — A new study in the January issue of Diabetes Care makes one thing very clear. We pay a steep price for untreated NASH – nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. This is a disease that starts with fat tissue building up in the liver. Then inflammation develops. After that, it can progress to liver damage and failure, ultimately requiring […]

Experimental Proof That an IRS Letter Can Save Lives

December 14, 2019 — We simply have to say this is cool. We say this because folks from the Treasury Department and Stanford have published the first experimental evidence that health insurance prevents premature deaths. In fact, by following the causal chain, we can say that an IRS letter can save lives. Who knew that the IRS was conducting […]

Prescribing and Delivering Better Nutrition

October 24, 2019 — Applying the science of health outcomes research to social determinants of health is bringing surprising insights. In fact, for chronic diseases like obesity, heart failure, and diabetes, delivering better nutrition might do more than merely prescribing medicine can. Also, it seems to seems to offer good value for money. Food Is Medicine? This catchphrase sometimes […]

The Connection Between Obesity, Employment, and Productivity

September 30, 2019 — Business leaders are figuring out that we need more effective strategies for reducing the impact of obesity. New data published in Obesity now adds to the understanding of this need. People with obesity are less likely to have employment. If unemployed, they’re less likely to find work. And if they’re working, absences due to illness […]

Chicken and Egg: Obesity Care Providers and Patients

September 16, 2019 — The challenge of access to care is matching up providers with people who need and want care. We’re making progress. More obesity care providers are stepping up to provide care. But a new analysis published in Obesity describes a big mismatch between needs and resources. This is National Obesity Care Week and the focus is […]

Obesity Solution: Don’t Let Them Eat Cake

September 8, 2019 — “The evidence is stacking up,” say Susan Jebb and Theresa Marteau. Sugary drink taxes have been so successful in the UK that the time has come to move on and tax chocolates, biscuits, and cake. And they have a modeling study to prove it. In just one year, a 20 percent tax on sugary snacks […]

Untreated Obesity Means More Cancer Costs

August 23, 2019 — The total cost of cancer care is daunting. It  will add up to $157 billion in 2020, says the NCI. But big numbers can leave us numb. So if you look at what a cancer diagnosis costs a person, it’s devastating. Cancer more than doubles the odds of bankruptcy. Against that dismal backdrop, we have […]

Money Talks and It Says Obesity Care Saves

August 20, 2019 — We have a problem. Right now, roughly a hundred million people in the U.S. have obesity. This is a chronic disease that leads to diabetes, heart disease, certain forms of cancer, liver disease, osteoarthritis, and a host of other conditions. But for the most part, people receive no medical care for obesity. A new report […]

Employers Connecting the Dots to Obesity Care

August 16, 2019 — We’ve just spent two days with nearly 200 human resource pros in the Texas Business Group on Health. They gathered for regional forums on health benefits in San Antonio and Houston. One thing comes through loud and clear. Employers are moving on beyond superficial wellness programs. Those programs alone don’t have much of an impact […]