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HEALTH CARE HIGHLIGHTS

Executive Order on Price Transparency

This week, the Washington Post reported that the Trump administration is preparing an executive order that would require insurers and hospitals to disclose negotiated discounted rates for services. The executive order is intended to foster greater price transparency across a broad swath of the health-care industry as consumer concerns about medical costs emerge as a major issue in the lead-up to next year’s presidential election. This impending executive action follows recent Congressional action to address surprise billing in hospitals. Both the House and Senate have introduced legislation to end surprise billing.

A JAMA study was released this week that analyzed seniors’ spending on cancer drugs. The study found that seniors pay more out of pocket for cancer drugs today than they did in 2010. The Affordable Care Act reduced seniors' share of their drug bills, but price increases, on both new and old drugs alike, have canceled out those savings. Read more about the study here.

Read more about the study on Axios »


CHART OF THE WEEK

Health spending and life expectancy, 1970-2017

The Economist

It is difficult to argue with this chart showing America is getting a much lower return on investment of our health care dollars than other countries. There are obviously no easy answers, but this seems quite simply unsustainable.

Read the entire article here »

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IMPORTANT READS

‘I was a 31-year-old kid in a way’: How a cancer diagnosis changed a health care reporter

Washington Post

A reporter who spent her time writing about health care suddenly found herself experiencing it firsthand. She shared this perspective, which we hear from so many other cancer survivors:

“It has been a really weird experience, actually, entering remission, because I thought my life would get easier after that. But it didn’t.”

Read More »

With Purpose Comes Peace

Cure Magazine

Sarah DeBord, diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer at age 34, shares her thoughtful perspective as she copes with cancer:

“While I can sit here talking about my happiness and peace, I know that isn't possible for many in my same shoes. A cancer diagnosis immediately throws us to the bottom of a deep pit, and as we lie on our backs looking up, most can find a pinhole of light somewhere up above. We can't tell how far away it is or how long and hard of climb it will take to get to it. Many will be able to rise up in the darkness, and blindly feel their way up the sides as they reach for even the smallest ledge to hold onto. We know there is light somewhere and we are trusting ourselves that we will eventually get to it.”

Read More »

New data on cancer disparities in Washington

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Health disparities related to cancer is an important issue to NCCS. This article highlights additional research out of Washington State about how where you live impacts your cancer experience. “Social determinants like race, socioeconomic status and neighborhood have a big impact on what stage you are when you’re diagnosed,” said Dr. Scott Ramsey, Director of the Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research (HICOR) at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Read More »


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