NC's House Bill 721 (on Telehealth) Will Be Bad for Your Fiscal Health
Telehealth (you may have heard of it as telemedicine, too) is the medical wave of the future. It means connecting with your doctor’s office over the internet. If you’re stuck at home for some reason but really need medical care, you may get healthier faster if you can talk to the doc right from your couch. And telemedicine can save the overall system money, too — or so goes the common wisdom. Seems like a great idea, right? Sure.
Big Pharma’s Attempt At Providing Clear Pricing Information Not So Clear After All
Last fall, as the Trump administration was breathing down the necks of Big Pharma about being more forthcoming with information on drug prices for consumers, it appeared that manufacturers heard the request loud and clear. While the government wanted these companies to begin including list prices in TV advertisements, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) seemed to beat them to the punch—proposing voluntary action it said would help clear up any ambiguities around pricing.
Blue Cross NC, Duke Health Launch New Health Plan for Triangle Seniors
Two pillars of the North Carolina healthcare sphere are teaming up to focus on an underserved segment of the Triangle’s population, and they intend to play off each other’s strengths to do it.
New Bill Would Hand a Quarter Billion Dollars to Drug Makers
A new bill in the North Carolina General Assembly ironically titled “Reduce Barriers to Improve NC Health & Safety” would mean a reduction in checks on drug safety, a massive payday for pharmaceutical companies and rising premiums for insured North Carolinians if passed.
H562 Could Cost North Carolina $2.2 Billion
There are a lot of things that are responsible for rising healthcare costs and we all know the major offenders include the drug companies and hospitals. Well, if House Bill 562 passes, you can add the state government to that list of the worst offenders. The short title of this bill is “Health Care Reimbursement Contracts/AOBs.”
New Survey Finds Americans Borrowed $88 Billion to Bankroll Healthcare Costs
In response to spiraling healthcare costs that continue to climb beyond what many can afford, Americans everywhere have no other choice but to grasp at alternative methods.