Unfair Care: Healthcare Prices Way Higher in Charlotte
One of the great frustrations of our healthcare system is that the price for identical services are different depending on where you live. Charlotte, for instance. The Charlotte Observer reports that healthcare in the Queen City is sometimes more than twice as high as in the rest of the country...or, say, in Raleigh. Where are we, y’all, New York?
Sky-High Prescriptions, and No End in Sight
You know what’s noble? Curing cancer. At a time when very few Americans agree about anything, we all seem to think that finding a cure for one of the world’s most deadly diseases (and North Carolina’s leading cause of death) is a really good idea. Even President Obama has thrown down the gauntlet about cancer research, without much backlash. So if everyone up to and including the President thinks this is so important, then why are cancer drug prices soaring? A new study out of UNC-Chapel Hill has found that the cost of cancer treatments at launch has increased by as much as 600% in the last 15 years. #smh, indeed.
Five North Carolina Vacations Under $500
Let's say your healthcare costs were $500 cheaper. What would you do with that money? We've got some ideas for you. From the edge of the Atlantic to Mt. Mitchell, North Carolina offers the best vacation experiences ever. That’s official. We took a vote. 3 out of 3 of our friends agree that anyone looking for a quick getaway could do a lot worse than a weekend exploring the Old North State. 3 out of 3 of our friends are also broke wallet-conscious, so we know a thing or two about cramming an exceptional amount of fun and beauty into a tiny budget. Our solution? Get up and get going with one of these five $500-and-under weekend getaways (for two!) that span the state. Wherever you’re located, we promise you’re just a short drive from at least one of them. #YoureWelcome
PainKILLERS: Epidemic in Wilmington
Scary, but true: by some measures North Carolina’s problem with opioids is the worst in the nation.
Health Insurance Mandates: The Most Expensive Laws You’ve Never Heard Of
Quick: name three things that make your life a lot more expensive. Bet you went with “taxes, taxes, taxes,” or maybe “kids, kids, kids.” But did the word mandate sneak into that list anywhere? Probably not. If you’re like most North Carolinians, you didn’t know that health insurance mandates are the number one reason our healthcare prices are rising so rapidly (almost 30% in the past year alone. Shocking, right?). In fact, you may not even know what mandates are, much less how they’re crippling our economy. That’s okay. We’re here to break it down for you.
Thinking of Retiring? Think Again.
Americans are freaking out about finances. There’s a good reason: healthcare costs are rising, and it’s making it hard to save. Time Magazine claims that “seven in 10 workers report their medical costs have gone up the past two years, and the vast majority says the additional expenses are significant enough to force them to save less for retirement."