Public Health

Opioid crisis impacts ICUs with more admissions, deaths

Opioid crisis impacts ICUs with more admissions, deaths

The opioid crisis in the United States is resulting in increased admissions to hospital intensive care units and in increased numbers of ICU deaths...
Out-of-pocket costs exceed what many insured cancer patients expect to pay

Out-of-pocket costs exceed what many insured cancer patients expect to pay

Some patients spend a third of household income on cancer care, despite insurance A third of insured people with cancer end up paying more out-of-pocket...
Opioid addiction raises mortality rate for those getting care in medical offices and hospitals

Opioid addiction raises mortality rate for those getting care in medical offices and hospitals

People who are addicted to opioids and receiving their medical care in a general health care setting were more than 10 times as likely...
Common insurance plans leave care at America's top cancer hospitals out of reach

Common insurance plans leave care at America’s top cancer hospitals out of reach

Narrow insurance plans more likely to exclude NCI-designated or NCCN Cancer Centers. Cancer patients in the United States may be unable to access care at...
British smokers down by 1.9 million since the ban

British smokers down by 1.9 million since the ban

Ten years after cigarettes were banished from all UK pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants, new figures from Cancer Research UK reveal there are 1.9...
Why market competition has not brought down health care costs

Why market competition has not brought down health care costs?

It is easier than ever to buy stuff. You can purchase almost anything on Amazon with a click, and it is only slightly harder...
More drivers are marijuana-positive, less drivers are alcohol-positive

More drivers are marijuana-positive, less drivers are alcohol-positive

In just seven years, the number of marijuana-positive drivers increased 50 percent, according to the 2013-2014 National Roadside Survey of Alcohol & Drug Use...
Better medical care may help cut deaths from opioid addiction by one-third

Better medical care may help cut deaths from opioid addiction by one-third

Following three possible recommendations in providing medical care to people with an opioid addiction may cut deaths among such patients by as much as...
What happens when the federal government eliminates health coverage

What happens when the federal government eliminates health coverage?

Lessons from the past After much secrecy and no public deliberation, Senate Republicans finalized release their “draft” repeal and replace bill for the Affordable Care Act...
Senate health reform proposal jeopardizes care for us all as we age

Senate health reform proposal jeopardizes care for us all as we age

The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) opposes the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA). Released today, the Senate proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable...