More Americans afflicted with chronic disease are turning to unregulated markets such as Craigslist to find insulin and other necessary medications because they can’t afford to purchase them at the pharmacy­­.

 

A Medicare for all healthcare system has the potential to improve the availability of services and efficiency of care in the United States, according to a recent study published in The Lancet.

HCCI analyzed more than 2.5 billion de-identified claims, including those for prescription drugs as well as medical visits, filed from 2014 to 2018 with Aetna, Humana, Kaiser Permanente and UnitedHealthcare.

Citing data previously published from the National Health Interview Survey, authors Amy Cha, PhD, MPH, and Robin Cohen, PhD, point out that major medical bills piling up for one member of a family tend to weaken the entire household.

U.S. healthcare added almost 36,000 jobs in January, with most of the hiring being done by ambulatory health providers (around 23,000 new jobs) and hospitals (10,000).

The venture fund arm of Google parent company Alphabet led a $100 million funding round into for clinical data analytics company Verana Health.

The top 10 largest insurers collectively wrote 51.8% of all healthcare premiums in the U.S. market in 2018.

Healthcare was top of mind among Iowa caucus-goers as the start of the 2020 election kicked off in the state on Feb. 3. About 60% of Democrats at the Iowa caucuses said they support eliminating private health insurance and moving to a single-payer healthcare system.

San Francisco-based One Medical, a membership primary care company, has launched its initial public offering with a starting share price of $14. The company expected to gain gross proceeds of $245 million.

The novel coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China, has become the world’s most expensive epidemic, according to data from Learnbonds.com. In fact, the virus, which has been compared to SARS and MERS, is expected to cost China about 2% of its GDP during the first quarter of 2020, or $62 billion.

 

The former CEO of health insurer Aetna, which was acquired by CVS Health for $69 billion at the end of 2018, says he is being pushed off the board of the combined company.

 

Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $344 million to settle lawsuits that the pharmaceutical and consumer packaged goods deceptively marketed its transvaginal mesh medical device product.