Health Updates 8 June 2011

  • Health care costs are a big enemy of the military’s: “In the past decade, military health care costs more than doubled.  It accounts for $52.5 billion in next year’s proposed budget.  Retirees’ pay represents another $50 billion or so a year.  People once worried that the cost of a fighter jet or bomber program would devour the military’s budget.  Now those concerns rise over health and pension costs – the same things civilians are struggling with, Punaro says”. (NPR)
  • Employer-paid health benefits to plummet, study finds: “Nearly a third of employers will stop offering employees health insurance starting in 2014, according to a new study from the consulting firm McKinsey. ‘The shift away from employer-provided health insurance will be vastly greater than expected and will make sense for many companies and lower-income workers alike’, according to the study, published in McKinsey Quarterly and based on a survey of 1,300 employers and other proprietary research.  The study also found that the more employers know about the specifics of healthcare reform the more likely they are to stop offering traditional employer-sponsored plans.” (Emily P. Walker, MedPage Today)
  • Lawsuit filed to block law preventing doctors from asking about gun ownership: “The bill passed after lobbyists for gun-rights groups and the Florida Medical Association cut a deal that removed the original bill’s fine of up to $5 million and jail time for doctors and weakened other restrictions.  But other physicians groups – most notably, pediatricians – have continued to fight it, saying that they ask about guns to ensure that parents keep them safely locked up and away from children”. (Orlando Sentinel)
  • Women to better in malignant melanoma: “An analysis of outcomes data from seven European clinical trials showed that women with the disease are less likely to die or to have the cancer progress….Clinicians have suspected that is the case for years, based on observational studies and registry data…For all endpoints and regardless of stage, women did significantly better”. (MedPage Today)

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