Average employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) spending rose to $5,892 per person in 2018, according to the Health Care Cost Institute's annual Health Care Cost and Utilization Report, which analyzes 2.5 billion medical claims to inform the public about trends affecting approximately 160 million US individuals with employer-sponsored insurance. This spending growth outpaced 2017's growth due to continued price growth combined with an uptick in utilization.
A new study led by the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute examines the benefits and barriers of Prescription Drug List coverage for preventive asthma medications. The study, 'Preventive Drug Lists as Tools for Managing Asthma Medication Costs', appears in the February edition of The American Journal of Managed Care.
A new study of the approval processes used by the 43 medical-specialty-society members of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies in the US to create evidence-based guidelines finds that most use an approval procedure that has the potential to undermine editorial independence of the guideline development committee.
Researchers at the Yale School of Public Health have found that rates of two sexually transmitted infections (STIs), gonorrhea and chlamydia, are 15% and 10% higher, respectively, in Texas counties with high shale drilling activity ("fracking"), compared to counties without any fracking.
The rise of fake news could be making disease outbreaks worse -- according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA). Researchers focused on influenza, monkeypox and norovirus across two studies -- but they say their findings could also be useful for dealing with the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak.
Researchers at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) have developed a cost-effective and practical method to protect pipelines and keep them operating during significant fault rupture incidents and large ground movements.
In a commentary published by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, the authors say that several studies show that small children cared for outside the home, especially in poor quality care and for 30 or more hours per week, have higher levels of cortisol than children at home.
Researchers at the University of Plymouth, Natural England, the University of Exeter and the University of Derby are the first to investigate -- within a single study -- the contribution of both nature contact and connection to human health, wellbeing and pro-environmental behaviours.
Rates of people needing dialysis have increased more than 40% since 1990, but access to this life-saving treatment is still markedly inequitable, according to a new scientific study.
A new study published in Science suggests new therapeutic avenues for PTSD patients, after researchers explored the brainq of victims of the November 13, 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris.