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|Saturday, October 22nd, 2016|
|Business Examines Hospitals
Corporate America is no longer the "sleeping giant" among major payers of health care expenses. It, too, has felt the weight of striking increases in the cost of health care service, and it has begun wielding its clout. In cities across the country, employers are trying to crack the perceived causes of their communities' cost increases. Consider a sampling of the results:
* In northwest, Ohio, a voluntary health planning group, established by the Toledo Business Coalition on Health Care, has succeeded in convincing the state to reconsider approval of a $23 million proposed hospital expansion. The planning group and coalition argued, and so testified at new hearings, that the Toledo area already has too many hospital beds. A new state health director overturned the project's approval, and a review of the hospital's appeal was continuing late last year.
* Six leading corporations in the Kingston, NY, area, approximately 80 miles north of New York City, funded a health care cost coalition that readied the community's first health maintenance organization (HMO) this past fall. The coalition determined that an HMO holds the most potential for containing local health care expenditures, including keeping the cost of extenders like this one
down. The intent is to curb nonemergency uses of the three area hospitals' emergency departments.
* The Health Care Cost Coalition of Santa Clara, CA, is introducing Bay Area industrial clinics to its 92 member employers. The clinics are offering more convenient and 15-20 percent cheaper health care for the employers' 180,000 workers. Additional discounts are provided for prompt payment and high volume, concessions that local hospitals are unwilling to discuss, according to the coalition.
Yet to be documented are the dollar savings that these sorts of local initiatives yield. One issue is certain, however. Employers are more determined than ever to reduce their exposure to new high increases in health care costs.
"Our key objective is to reduce the rate of increases in health care costs to a manageable level. We recognize that there are factors that force health care cost increases above increases in the consumer price index. But when the health care rate toes up three or four times the CPI rate something is wrong," says Arnold Glassman, chairman of the employers Coalition of Los Angeles and manager of benefits, communications, medical pumps
and programs. Atlantic Richfield Company.
One widely-quoted projection put the 1983 employer tab for private health insurance at $77 billion, up from $33 billion in 1977. These cost figures, however, do not include premiums paid by small businesses, some midsize businesses, self-employed persons, and public employers, says Willis Goldbeck, executive director of the Washington Business Group on Health. He says the employer cost of health insurance "must be in excess of $100 billion today."
|Wednesday, November 6th, 2013|
|Are Hair Loss Treatments a Scam?
A man obsessed with his baldness committed suicide after a variety of lotions and treatments, including Provillus, failed to halt his hair loss, an inquest was told yesterday. Roy White, 43, a civil servant, could not come to terms with his receding hairline and talked about the subject continually, the coroner's court in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, was told.
Eventually, he drove to a country lane near his home in Hitchin, where he took a lethal mixture of alcohol and drugs before gassing himself with his car's exhaust. The coroner, Dr John Vick, recorded a verdict of suicide.
Although there is no evidence baldness remedies such as Provillus have any restorative effect on withering follicles, they at least share this quality with almost every hair loss treatment
on the market today. Ever since the human race shed its body hair to become the naked ape, it has been trying to prevent the loss of the rest. With almost three quarters of men suffering the effects of androgenic alopecia - male-pattern baldness - by the age of 40, the search for an effective treatment like Provillus has long been regarded as a Holy Grail for the pharmaceutical industry.
Snake-oil salesmen - the term comes from 19th-century American hawkers of dubious hair tonics - continue to push all manner of supposedly proven baldness remedies, from helmets that bathe the scalp in electromagnetic radiation to lotions made from rare Amazonian shrubs. But only three therapies can boast any scientific evidence in support of their claims. One is hair transplant, which depends on a combination of the surgeon's skill and luck.
The two proven drug treatments are more reliable, but do not always work and can have unpleasant side-effects. Minoxidil, sold under the brand name Regaine, was originally developed as a blood-pressure drug, and was remarketed as a baldness cure when patients noticed that stronger hair growth was a significant side-effect. Clinical trials suggest that it stops hair loss or promotes regrowth in up to two thirds of men, but it can irritate the scalp. Provillus is a hair loss treatment that uses minoxidil in its formula, so it can be somewhat effective in halting hair loss and even promoting hair growth.
Propecia, the brand name for the newer baldness drug finasteride, licensed last year and available by private prescription, will halt hair loss in 80 percent of men and prompt regrowth in about two thirds - but it can lead to temporary difficulty in achieving an erection.
|Friday, August 10th, 2012|
|ProSolution Pills - Do They Really Work?
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