Posts Tagged ‘health insurance’

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. […]

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 […]

Is Health or Greed Driving Health Systems?

January 15, 2023 — Workers at the largest health system in the U.S., HCA, this week accused the system of putting profits ahead of patient care and health. We regularly hear from obesity care providers about insurers using lame excuses to deny coverage for obesity meds or surgery for lame reasons. This happens even when the health plan covers […]

60 Minutes: Obesity Care in a Broken Health System

January 2, 2023 — On 60 Minutes last night, Lesley Stahl reported in vivid detail just how hard it is to get good obesity care in our broken system for healthcare. She had help. Two of the world’s top obesity medicine physicians – Fatima Cody Stanford and Caroline Apovian – took viewers into their clinics. Two of Apovian’s patients […]

The Most Read Posts on ConscienHealth in 2022

December 16, 2022 — We’re zooming toward the end of 2022, so it’s hard to resist looking back to see which of the posts on ConscienHealth you read the most. We are grateful for the smart and diverse people who take the time to read what we post here. Seeing what captures your attention teaches us a thing or […]

Hoops to Delay and Discourage Obesity Care

December 12, 2022 — Hoops are fine tools for play and entertainment. But the hoops which health insurers put people with obesity through serve only to delay and discourage obesity care. The implicit message is clear enough: “You probably don’t deserve this, so you have to prove yourself first.” A recent study demonstrates once again that these insurance mandates […]

Systemic Challenges for Care in Healthcare

November 19, 2022 — Is healthcare indeed a place where a person can expect to receive genuine care? Or is the care in healthcare more of an abstract concept than something a patient might experience? A recent paper in Health Expectations tells us that most patients define a caring professional quite simply. They listen attentively. That was the response […]

An Economic Doom Loop for Obesity Care

November 6, 2022 — A pair of thoughts kept floating through the halls of ObesityWeek 2022 and they set up something that seems like an economic doom loop for the future of obesity care. The new drugs for obesity are amazing. But they’re too damn expensive. Professor John Cawley gave an excellent presentation on the economics of obesity that […]