Canadians consume, on average, just over $220,000 in publicly funded health-care services over a lifetime, newly published data show.
Spending is fairly consistent across income groups, despite significant differences in the health status of rich and poor, according to the analysis from the Canadian Institute for Health Information.
People in the lowest-income group have $237,500 in lifetime health costs, compared with $206,000 for the highest-income group. The wealthy live an average of five years longer than the poor. But the wealthy also tend to be healthier, so their lifetime cost to the health-care system tends to be less.
(From The Globe and Mail, Toronto)
BALAKA, Malawi — Ishmael Katanga’s clinic is a small, two-room mud hut in southern Malawi that serves approximately 3,000 local residents. He sees roughly 15-20 patients per day, usually children under 5 years old suffering from malnutrition, malaria, dehydration and diarrhea. In treating these preventable diseases, one of Katanga’s biggest setbacks is access to medication and supplies.
Often, he has to turn patients away or encourage them to come back at a later time to receive their necessary medication. This scenario is common in rural clinics, where supplies and medications are scarce, causing what is known as a “stock out.”
Health Surveillance Assistants (HSAs) receive training on the cStock system.
That’s why the Malawi Ministry of Health (MOH), in partnership with public health research organizations such as John Snow, Inc. (JSI), has developed a mobile health program called cStock. It’s part of a larger project with the goal of finding affordable, simple and sustainable supply chain solutions that address the unique challenges of community health workers.
(From PBS NewsHour)
At the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in Bronx, NY a medical procedure cost $38k. That same procedure cost $637k at the Stanford Hospital in Stanford, CA.
A new report released by the federal government raises questions about how exactly hospitals determine the cost of treatment, after it revealed that facilities across the country are charging wildly different amounts for the same medical procedures.
Happy National Nurses Week!
May 6-12 is National Nurses Week in the US. An event to honor the enormous contributions nurses made to health care and public health.
Learn about a new way to find health insurance: the Health Insurance Marketplace. The Marketplace is designed to help you find health insurance that fits your budget, with less hassle.
(From DHHS - Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services)
New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) and Health 2.0 are calling on designers, developers, entrepreneurs and creative thinkers to reimagine and facilitate access to your medical records. The challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to design New York’s first statewide patient portal for health records—a website for patients to securely access their medical records online. NYeC’s overarching goal is that no patient, wherever they may need treatment within the State of New York, is ever without fast, secure, accurate, and accessible information.
The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) is a non-profit organization that receives state and federal grants to serve as the focal point for health IT in the State of New York. NYeC manages the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY); a network of Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOs). The SHIN-NY provides the backbone for data interconnectedness across New York State, working to consolidate the health record data collected by the local RHIOS and the healthcare providers in their areas, and—with patient consent—consolidate all of this information and allow it to be shared securely with other providers across the state as well as with the patients themselves.
NYeC’s overarching goal is that no patient, wherever they may need treatment within the State of New York, is ever without fast, secure, accurate, and accessible information.
If you want to vote, go to http://patientportalfornewyorkers.org/ and click on the Vote Now button on the right to see the proposed designs.
Comparing health care prices in the U.S. with those in other developed countries is an exercise in sticker shock.
The cost of a hospital day in the U.S. was, on average, $4,287 in 2012. It was $853 in France, a nation often lauded for its excellent health system and patient outcomes but with a health system that’s financially strapped…
Medical care for refugees in Kabul, Afghanistan.
(From Medecins Sans Frontieres-Doctors Without Borders)
The British National Health Service (NHS) is going digital.
Eric Topol, author of The Creative Destruction of Medicine, on The Colbert Report last night.