If you’re retired or getting ready to be, odds are you’re unsure how you’re going to get vision insurance. That’s according to a recent survey commissioned by VSP Vision Care. A combined total of 332 retirees and pre-retirees participated in the survey.
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We’ve all been there: accessing the internet to figure out whether that rash is from a tick bite or poison ivy. Consumers’ increasing use of online resources to access medical information is an opportunity for your clients.
“Doctors may be more likely to dismiss heart attack symptoms as not heart-related in women younger than age 55, according to a study published online Feb. 20, 2018, by Circulation. This may be the case because women often report other symptoms in addition to chest pain, said the study’s authors.”
“As the nation’s health system continues to move from fee-for-service to a value-based model, community pharmacy will continue to move steadily from just a dispenser of prescriptions to more of a retail health care model, with a growing focus on pharmacy service and a growing reliance on the front-end of the store to drive profitability.”
Many Americans are eager to use their mobile phones and tablet computers to better manage their health care, a new poll finds. In addition to using smartphones or tablets to ask their doctors questions, make appointments or get medical test results, consumers may eventually be able to use mobile phones and tablets for actual health-care services — such as monitoring blood pressure or blood sugar, or even getting a diagnosis.
Publishers of consumer magazines are quickly rolling out apps to appeal to readers who enjoy consuming content on their mobile phones or tablets. The transition is happening so quickly that experts predict significant erosion in the print market within the next 5 years. But there’s one sector where ad revenue has been recovering steadily since the recession ended: Healthcare publications.
Pharmaceutical companies continue to adjust their marketing strategies in response to the slow economic recovery. Most of these companies advertise both to prescribers (physicians) and consumers. In addition, pharma companies also allocate marketing budgets to specific phases of product life cycles. A survey released by Cegedim Dendrite shows how marketing expenditures in this industry will change during 2010.
Unemployed Americans have been hearing for years that the path to a stable career can be found in the health care industry. The Department of Labor routinely advises that over 3 million jobs will be created in this sector in the next 8 years. Despite this positive news, almost half of surveyed high school students – the group that will make up the next generation of employees – do not plan to study for a career in health care or science.
The pending health care changes require costs savings to be realized throughout the system. One key player in the health care delivery channel is the retail health clinic. This sector has long promoted cost savings. While many medical professionals were concerned about the quality of care that would be delivered by these clinics, studies indicates that retail health centers are saving consumers and health insurance companies money and they are delivering a high level of care.
While Congress debates the fine points of the expected new health care legislation bill, the cost of health care continues to rise. As a percentage of the typical U.S. household budget, health care costs have risen from 5.3% to 5.9% in the past 10 years. To keep pace with demand, employment continues to rise in this sector, despite the general economic slowdown. Overall, private sector health care employment stands at 11.6% of total private sector employment.
The Cleveland Clinic, in addition to treating patients, also maintains a business branch devoted to medical product development. This branch, Innovations, encourages its physicians to develop better ways to treat patients and holds regular summits to match venture capitalists with prospective new businesses. Innovations also releases an annual list of products that are expected to come to market in the near future.
When retail health clinics first came onto the scene a few years ago, they handled consternation and complaints from the medical community by promising that they would treat simple illnesses such as ear aches and allow consumers to fill prescriptions at the on-site pharmacies. The walk-in nature of the clinics meant consumers would no longer have to wait hours to see a medical professional.