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”

US Opioid Use Blows Away Other Countries

The United States stands out for the sheer amount of opioids like Vicodin and Oxycontin it consumes, fueling a deadly drug epidemic. With just 4 percent of the world’s population, the US accounts for about 27 percent of the world’s drug overdose deaths. The federal government estimated 8.5 million Americans, about 3 percent of the population, misused opioid painkillers in 2015, and 2.5 million were addicted to either painkillers or heroin. More than 33,000 people died that year from overdoses. Continue reading “US Opioid Use Blows Away Other Countries”