According to the New York Times, Amazon surpasses all largest private employers in adding the number of workers in a single year. Despite this, the costs to workers is not covered by the online giant. Questions: Why does the article claim that health benefits and a 401(k) is not enough to compensate employees? Why was… Read more »
Posts Tagged: healthcare costs
CVS wants to be the Ultimate Healthcare Provider
According to Business Insider, when in 2018, CVS Health acquired Aetna, combining a chain of nearly 10,000 pharmacies dispensing prescriptions and selling snacks and soda with one of the biggest US health insurers, the company also took greater steps to promote healthier options. Questions: What was CVS’s stand regarding the sale of cigarettes? Where does… Read more »
Something to look forward to? Bankruptcy in Retirement!
According to a recent study, the rate of people 65 and older filing for bankruptcy is three times what it was in 1991. Questions: 1. What are some of the main reasons that this is happening? 2. What is happening to the next generation nearing retirement age and why is this happening? 3. In 2016,… Read more »
Would you rather make a Type 1 or Type 2 Error Regarding the Emergency Room Visit?
Jim Burton thought he was dying after lifting a box in his garage last and feeling a large jolt in his back. When his health insurer, Anthem, refused to pay for his E.R. visit of $1,722, citing that care was not needed right away, Jim learned that Anthem denied thousands of claims last year under… Read more »
The Dirty Little Secret about Big Pharma
As the New York Times reports, when Big Pharma companies are under fire for skyrocketing drug prices, they would like you to believe that prices have to be so high to support research and development (R&D). But is that the truth? Questions: 1. What did the authors of the new study find that the 18… Read more »
Denied Healthcare Coverage? Maybe you should check with your FitBit?
Healthcare companies have increasingly offered cash promotions and discounts to users who provide their Fitbit data. But could this be used by insurers rather than to improve customer health? Questions: 1. In what types of negative ways could this data be used, according to the article? 2. What issues in Congress could promote the negative… Read more »
Sick Leave? How does it hurt business?
Many people go to work even when they are sick. But should this happen in the restaurant industry? As Chipotle found out outbreaks of norovirus, E. coli and salmonella can devastate business. This article discusses the lack of sick leave in the restaurant business and how food workers are the source of about 70% of… Read more »
New Study on Hospital Costs
Twenty of the 50 U.S. hospitals that charge the most for their services are located in Florida — and all but one of them are for-profit, according to a study released Monday. Questions: 1. Which facility is at the top of the list for charging the most and how many times more do uninsured patients… Read more »
Medical Malpractice Reform: Will it save money?
According to the New York Times, many people believe that medical malpractice reform is the key to removing waste from the health care system and making the practice of medicine better. But a growing body of evidence shows that belief is most likely mistaken. Questions: 1. What is the rationale for malpractice reform as cost… Read more »
Over the past decade, the number of “hospice survivors” in the United States has risen dramatically. According to the Washington Post, this is, in part, because hospice companies earn more by recruiting patients who aren’t actually dying. Healthier patients are more profitable because they require fewer visits and stay enrolled longer. Questions: 1. How large… Read more »