Big Pharma and Drug Prices: What Consumers Need to Know
Big pharmaceutical companies currently have a monopoly over the drugs Americans need and the prices they pay. In fact, about 23 cents of every health care dollar goes towards prescription drugs that ultimately end up lining Big Pharma’s pockets.
The Triangle Holiday Calendar: Countdown to Christmas
We have officially entered the two-week countdown until December 25th. You’re ordering presents, finishing up (or getting started on) your Christmas shopping, the tree is up, the halls are decked, the elf is on the shelf, and you are getting ready for another round of Secret Santa. Whew! That’s a lot of stress. Take a step back and see what else there is to enjoy around town. In this article, we’ve compiled some of the best holiday events around the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area for you to enjoy with your friends and family.
Woman Rejected for a Heart Transplant Raises Money Through Crowdfunding
Hedda Martin, 60, of Grand Rapids, MI was turned down for a life-saving heart transplant because the transplant team at Spectrum Health determined she was not eligible due to her financial situation. However, thanks to her GoFundMe page, she has since raised more than the amount she needs for the transplant.
The Jolliest Christmas Activities in North Carolina 2018: Where to Go and What to Do
All across the state, towns are preparing their Christmas markets, parades, lights, and more! Santa can be found taking pictures at the local mall, but he can also be found visiting the various towns and attractions in North Carolina. It can be overwhelming to try and find the highlights in the state, which is why we’ve compiled a few of the best ones we found in our research.
Chronically Ill, Traumatically Billed: The $123,000 Medicine For MS
By Jay Hancock for Kaiser Health News Shereese Hickson’s multiple sclerosis was flaring again. Spasms in her legs and other symptoms were getting worse. She could still walk and take care of her son six years after doctors diagnosed the disease, which attacks the central nervous system. Earlier symptoms such as slurred speech and vision problems had resolved with treatment, but others lingered: she was tired and sometimes still fell. This summer, a doctor switched her to Ocrevus, a drug approved in 2017 that delayed progression of the disease in clinical trials better than an older medicine did.
Podcast: New Year, New Plans: What’s Going to Happen to Health Plans in 2019?
Open enrollment for 2019 health insurance plans start on November 1 and last through December 15. Healthcare plans are always changing. We wanted to talk to someone who knows exactly what has happened in 2018 and what can be expected for the upcoming year. On this episode of “The Cost of Health,” WNC Health Insurance owner Josh Williams chats about new plans, reimbursements, and reference-based pricing health plans.