Tag Archives: Healthcare costs

Advancing High-Value Health Care: A New AJM Column Dedicated to Cost-Conscious Care Quality Improvement

Despite the very high cost of health care in the US, expenditure continues to rise. According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, health care expenditures for 2016 are projected to be $3.4 trillion, and the percentage of the gross domestic product spent on health care will increase from 17.4% in 2013 to 19.6% […]

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Prevention of Anaphylaxis: The Role of the Epinephrine Auto-Injector

  Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening condition, with at-risk individuals remaining at chronic high risk of recurrence. Anaphylaxis is frequently underrecognized and undertreated by healthcare providers. The first-line pharmacologic intervention for anaphylaxis is epinephrine, and guidelines uniformly agree that its prompt administration is vital to prevent progression, improve patient outcomes, and reduce hospitalizations and fatalities. Healthcare costs […]

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An Alternative Way to Provide Healthcare for Veterans

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has been under considerable scrutiny because of ongoing scandals; an independent evaluation found the VHA lacking. This article examined the cost impact of enrolling veterans (the 9.079 million who are currently enrolled in the VHA, the 6.633 million who use the VHA for care, or the 1.757 million VHA users […]

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Under #ACA, Medical Bankruptcy Continues

As recently as 1981, only 8 percent of families filing for bankruptcy cited medical reasons. By 2010, when the Affordable Care Act was passed, medical bankruptcy was all-to-common. A 2009 study by Himmelstein et al, published in The American Journal of Medicine, revealed that 62.1% of all bankruptcies had a medical cause. Telephone interviews identified 639 […]

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The Hippocratic Oath, the US Health Care System, and the Affordable Care Act in 2015

  The original confines of medical knowledge under which the Hippocratic Oath was created have expanded considerably. Given the evolution of technology over the past 25 centuries, some of the Oath’s stances on issues such as abortion, euthanasia, and surgery have been subject to varied interpretations. However, 2 of its guiding principles have proven universal […]

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