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First they came for chain restaurants, then golf, and now millennials are turning their backs on another old institution: primary care. Younger patients are increasingly turning away from primary care doctors and toward clinics or urgent care centers, the Washington Post reports.
By the numbers: In a Kaiser Family Foundation poll, 45% of 18-to-29 year-olds didn't have a primary care provider. That number was significantly lower for older respondents.
Waiting several days for an appointment, when you're sick, is not super attractive to young people.
Theoretically, primary care providers are supposed to be the people at the center of our care, keeping tabs on patients' health and helping to coordinate our various needs.
Yes, but: The care may not be as good.
Turns out the individual insurance market actually isn’t imploding, even as the Trump administration and Congress keep taking whacks at the Affordable Care Act.
What's new: A Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of individual market performance found that insurers have become profitable again in 2017 and the first half of 2018, Axios' David Nather reports.
Between the lines: Premiums went up a lot between 2017 and 2018 (an average of 23% per member for the second quarter of each year).
What to watch: There are signs that the ACA population may be getting sicker — they spent more days in the hospitals than in the past 3 years. If so, that could be a sign that healthier customers are dropping out.
Industry and advocacy organizations are lining up to file amicus briefs opposing the Trump administration’s expansion of “short-term” insurance plans, and Senate Democrats will also take their own swipe at the policy this week.
What they’re saying: The administration’s rules, which allow consumers to keep bare-bones “short-term” plans for up to 3 years, “will be devastating to the health, well-being, and pocketbooks of millions of Americans,” the American Medical Association and other physician organizations said in their brief.
What’s next: Oral arguments on that request for an injunction are scheduled for Oct. 26.
Health care economist Aaron Carroll is here to rain on the parade surrounding the new Apple Watch and its heart-monitoring features.
The details: Writing in the New York Times, Carroll says the risk of false positives — the watch telling people they have a heart irregularity that isn’t really there — is too high.
“This is one of the major problems with such a device. The people most in need of it, those who might benefit from tests and distance monitoring, are the least likely to get it. If we truly believed this was a medical test beneficial to the general population, insurance should pay for it. No one is suggesting that should happen,” he writes.