Policymakers Should Care about Reducing Health Risks

Every day thousands of smokers make a conscious decision to improve their health by dumping harmful combustible tobacco products and turning to electronic cigarettes and vaping products. Yet, despite this growing positive trend, federal regulators at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have taken increasingly aggressive regulatory steps to make it harder for smokers to […]

Where in Health Might Amazon Fit?

Amazon earned the reputation of being a constructive force for consumers and a disrupter for the industries it chooses to enter. In the last few years, we have been watching Amazon’s tentative forays into selected health care niches. Amazon has avoided the clinical services side of health care, unlike CVS, which is transforming its retail […]

Wearable Medical Devices and New High-Tech Devices Proliferate

The global wearable medical devices market is expected to grow at a compound rate of 18.0% during the period 2015 to 2023, increasing from $2.7 billion in 2014 to $10 billion by the end of 2033. While we do not want to spend more, many of the new wearable devices will deliver better care and […]

An Approach to Health Care That Could Work Well

JP Morgan, Berkshire Hathaway and Amazon announced their intention to take on the challenge of improving health care for their employees, using a not-for-profit approach.  The trio’s announcement referred to the unbridled costs that need taming, and the role that technologies could play in delivering better, cheaper health care.  The trio’s mild statement jolted some […]

Hopes and Justification for Research into Genetic Disorders

The cost of US health care is about 17% of GDP and it is expected that there will be 35 million hospital admissions in 2017. In 2004, 133 million Americans lived with a chronic disease. Cost and suffering support aggressive research into prevention and treatment of infections, accidents and disorders. Three conditions — heart disease, […]

ACA Insurers Depart Due to Losses, But Renovation Looms

The backbone of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is faltering as insurers begin withdrawal from health care exchanges.  Insurers are the main workhorses in the ACA – they accept premium payments from subscribers and subscriber-subsidies from government.  As well, insurers handle the administrative detail of confirming eligibility, premium payment and they pay for service from […]

Activity Trackers Are a Welcomed Surprise

Lately, physical activity trackers are everywhere. Trackers are the chunky-looking bracelets worn by both men and women who have decided to make inroads on better fitness and diet. While the devices might appear to be faddish, they are truly useful. They can turn an unappetizing poor-weather, lonely walk into a documented physical victory that friends […]

A Welcomed Primary Care Provider

The scheduling delay for a routine appointment with one of America’s 210,000 primary care doctors seems to be measured in weeks, even when the doctor’s practice is already the patient’s medical home.  New patient appointments often take six weeks.  For a good ophthalmologist, 2 or three months seems to be a normal wait.  Medical care […]

ACI Experts Write on the Health and Economic Effects of Counterfeit Drugs

Today’s American Health & Drug Benefits (AH&DB) Journal, a peer-reviewed forum, published an article written by three ACI experts — Erwin A. Blackstone, Professor of Economics at Temple University; Joseph P. Fuhr, Jr., Professor of Economics at Widener University; and Steve Pociask, President of the American Consumer Institute, Center for Citizen Research.  The article can […]