Tag: "costs" at medical news
UNC study shows family-directed program can reduce adolescent tobacco, alcohol use
...Could Family Matters be used widely? "Although costs
for comparable programs are unavailable, the $140....ear excessive," he said. "Moreover, implementation costs
may be able to be reduced." The cost per adolescent reached and dissuaded from starting to smoke...
Not all allergy tests are created equal, study suggests
... Inaccurate tests can have real costs
to patients, she said. For example, false positive results could lead doctors to treat patients for a specific allergy when the symptoms are really caused by something else. "Misdiagnosing p...
Majority of patients in point-of-service health plans never use self-referral option for specialty care
...ferrals. According to the study, a family POS plan costs
employers and workers an additional $635 per year compared to a traditional HMO. For the study, the researchers analyzed data from three POS health plans which were located in the Midwest, Northeast, and Mid-Atlantic regions. The analysis looked at n...
Lack of prescription drug benefits seriously affects minority seniors, as well as those with low income, SFVAMC study says
...ir medications were low income, high out-of-pocket costs
for prescription drugs, and African-American or Hispanic ethnicity. Nearly 21 percent of African-Americans and Hispanics reported that they had restricted their medications, and for some groups in the study, the risks appear to be even higher, Stein...
Newer form of 'gold standard' drug helps kidney transplant patients do better in long term
... drug against kidney transplant rejection not only costs
less and gets absorbed better - it also helps transplant recipients keep their new organs longer. That's the finding of a new University of Michigan Health System study that answers a question pondered by transplant physicians and tens of thousands o...
Are people with HIV sticking to their medication treatment regimens? New method measures patient adherence
... diseases stay on treatment. Patient non-adherence costs
the nation nearly $100 billion annually. Researchers worked with 108 HIV-infected adults taking protease inhibitors and other highly potent drugs that suppress the HIV virus. Every month for a year, researchers compared three methods of measuring pat...
Finding sobriety, and saving money, through spirituality
...e-behavioral in approach - have the same inpatient costs
and clinical outcomes. One study found that spiri...tually oriented programs have lower post-discharge costs
and a higher rate of abstinence. Fellowship provided by faith-based groups may be the key. Addict...
NHLBI researchers find long-acting beta-agonists not as effective as inhaled corticosteroids in treating persistent asthma
...e U.S. economy $12.3 billion a year in health care costs
and lost productivity. Asthma is due to an inflammatory process in the bronchial air passages of the lungs that causes narrowing of the airways and, if untreated, may result in gradual loss of lung function. The NHLBI's "Guidelines for the Diag...
UCSF begins clinical trials for new bionic ear for profoundly deaf adults
...ncluding Medicare cover all or a percentage of the costs
for the implant, externally worn processor, surgery, programming and follow-up office visits. The Clarion CII Bionic Ear took five years and $30 million to develop. Through electrical stimulation of the auditory nerve, the new device has an extre...
UF researchers: rural residents less apt to seek Alzheimer's care from family doctors
...side of the city, given the scarcity and increased costs
of such professionals in rural areas. The study group was large and diverse, including participants from two major cities -- Atlanta and New Orleans -- and rural residents from known impoverished areas of Arkansas, Mississippi and the Mississippi Ri...
Teens' second pregnancy rates lower with long-term contraceptives
...lp these programs offer. For many teen parents the costs
of pregnancy do not outweigh the costs
of using contraceptives particularly when they cause inconvenient side effects. Stevens-Simon ...
New study highlights impact of bipolar disorder on society
... Biological Psychiatry shows that bipolar disorder costs
the UK more than 2 billion annually. Up to 85 percent of these costs
are associated with loss of productivity due to unemployment, nearly 10 percent are due to absenteei...
Costs of family caregiving for elderly with cancer are significant, often forgotten
...logy, shows that informal - or family - caregiving costs
are substantial and suggests that they be considered when estimating the total costs
of cancer treatment for the elderly. Authors hope the research will allow policymakers to better ass...
Drug war strategy: First fund enforcement then switch to treatment, says O.R. paper
...eport that cocaine-related health and productivity costs
in 1992 were $20 billion. They cite an average of ...re like a tax, raising risks and, as a result, the costs
of distributing drugs, which drives up the price. Initiation, Cessation and Use: The authors' model...
Increased use of prescription drugs - especially new ones - outpaces price hikes as source of cost increase
...re insurance plans designed to contain health care costs
are actually seeing the biggest jumps in prescript... between 1996 and 1998, represent the prescription costs
for 44,228 hourly and 75,433 salaried employees nationwide. Though the data are not representative o...
Effective surgery fails to attract patients unless costs are low
...ely successful operation, and that the procedure's costs
may be a barrier. The researchers found, however, ... The study, the first to look at the actual dollar costs
to patients, appears in the latest issue of Ophthalmic Epidemiology. Kevin Frick, PhD, an assistan...
Psychotherapy can help suicidal patients
...nt locations are needed to establish the potential costs
and benefits of such treatments for patients who poison themselves, conclude the authors....
Low income smokers support smuggling to maintain habit
...g as a positive way of dealing with the increasing costs
of cigarettes, concludes a study in this week's BMJ. This suggests that they may show little support for tackling smuggling until more government action is taken to help them quit. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh interviewed 50 male and 50...
Teamwork characterizes surgical teams that are faster learners of new procedures, suggests O.R. study
...he single most important factor driving the total costs
of treating and caring for a cardiac surgery patient, the authors write. Procedure time is also a good indicator of the way an organization, rather than individuals, learns. And reducing procedure time is desirable for the patient's well being. To ex...
Patent rights stimulate R&D, but fall short in helping poor countries obtain lifesaving drugs
...arrangements, consumers in rich countries bear the costs
of R & D by paying higher prices for pharmaceutica...ich-country markets; Identifying the true marginal costs
of production in the absence of generic production and in the absence of full knowledge of the indu...
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