China – World’s Largest Economy

The Economist Magazine projects that China will shortly   overtake the US as the world’s largest economy.  China has transformed itself from a centrally-planned closed economy in the 1970s to a manufacturing and exporting hub over the years. Since it initiated market reforms in 1978, the Asian giant has achieved economic growth averaging 10% annually (though it’s slowed recently) and, in the process, lifted almost half of its 1.3 billion population out of poverty and become the undisputed second-largest economy on Earth. Continue reading “China – World’s Largest Economy”

Why Prescription Drug Prices are So High

A July 2017 study published by The Commonwealth Fund provides excellent insights into why prescription drug prices are so high.  This article highlights some of its observations and possible solutions. Continue reading “Why Prescription Drug Prices are So High”

Reasons Prescription Drug Prices Are So High in the U.S.

Drug manufacturers in the U.S. set their own prices, and that’s not the norm elsewhere in the world.

Countries with national health programs have government entities that either negotiate drug prices or decide not to cover drugs whose prices they deem excessive. No similar negotiating happens in the U.S. Continue reading “Reasons Prescription Drug Prices Are So High in the U.S.”

Billions of Profits to Healthcare Providers

The five largest for profit health insurers each were in the top 100 companies in Fortune Magazines 2017 Fortune 500 list.  These five companies, together with their ranking and 2016 profits, in billions   are: Continue reading “Billions of Profits to Healthcare Providers”

Congress and Big Healthcare – An Unholy Alliance

More than 11,000 organizations spent $3.12 billion  on lobbying the federal government in 2016.  Below is a representative list with healthcare areas of interest.   Not all of the spending   in the totals was for healthcare issues: Continue reading “Congress and Big Healthcare – An Unholy Alliance”