Nov 4, 2019

Study suggests high deductibles hurt diabetes patients

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Switching to a high-deductible health plan has an impact on diabetes patients' adherence to their medication — but only if they're taking brand-name anti-diabetic drugs, a new study in JAMA Network Open found.

Why it matters: This is further evidence that putting people on the hook for too much of their health care costs can have adverse health effects if they then can't afford their care.

Details: The study observed type 2 diabetes patients, half of whom switched to a high-deductible plan. It differentiated between those taking branded and generic anti-diabetic drugs.

  • "This study suggests that enrollment in [a high-deductible health plan] may disrupt delivery of care for patients with type 2 diabetes, especially those for whom branded options offer optimal disease management," the authors conclude.

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Disparities persist in mental health coverage

Privately insured people suffering from drug and alcohol addiction or mental health conditions pay more out-of-pocket for care and are more likely to see out-of-network providers than people with chronic physical health conditions, according to a new study in JAMA Network Open.

Between the lines: These costs prevent people from receiving care. The study used data from 2012–2017, a time frame during which the opioid epidemic was ravaging communities across the country.

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Podcast: Elizabeth Warren's health care revolution

Elizabeth Warren's Medicare for All proposal would end health care as any American has ever known it, for both providers and patients.

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Health care hiring is recession-proof

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Health care hiring is driving the labor market, and it's so robust that it likely would be safe even during a recession or political upheaval, CNN Business reports.

Between the lines: No matter what happens, the population is aging and will need care.

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