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Rape victims in U.S. made to pay part of the medical bill

Women who have been sexually assaulted in the U.S. often bear some costs for testing and other medical treatment when they report rape to authorities, a new study says. Victims with private insurance pay on average $950, or 14% of the cost of medical services, and the insurers pay the balance, researchers found. With other violent crimes, victims are not responsible for paying for the damage that results from the crime. The financial burden adds to the emotional burden of the assault

April 20, 2017
Reuters

Non communicable diseases

Umbrella coverage for all: Here’s why India must focus on universal insurance coverage

According to the Aaarogya Bharat Report, the Indian non-communicable disease burden is exploding and it is estimated it will cost the country $6.2tr by 2030. Early detection and management of such diseases is essential to keeping a lid on any potential exploding health costs. The writer says the country needs to focus on preventative and primary care through greater public spending and broader engagement with stakeholders such as technology, media, schools and food companies

May 12, 2017
Financial Express

Obamacare repeal seen as weakening mental health protections

The Medicaid aspects on Obamacare repeal are prompting concern from four Republican senators who are concerned about the prospect of reduced access to mental health and addiction services

March 8, 2017
Politico

Health systems

China adds blockbuster drugs to insurance list after price cuts

China will add three dozen new drugs to a list of medicines covered by basic insurance schemes after global pharmaceutical firms agreed to slash prices of blockbuster treatments for cancer, diabetes and heart disease. The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security said it had agreed to add 36 drugs to the National Reimbursable Drugs List in return for an average 44 percent price cut against last year`s retail prices

July 19, 2017
Reuters

One Nightmare Scenario in Senate Bill: Drug Rationing

Senate Republicans may not realize it, but their repeal-and-replace health-care legislation, if passed, would set the U.S. on the road to European-style price controls and rationing of prescription medications. This would follow fairly directly from the enormous cuts to Medicaid that the bill would impose

June 28, 2017
Bloomberg

When Cutting Access to Health Care, There’s a Price to Pay

A study about equity in access to health care for 21 countries in 2000 revealed that the United States had the highest degree of inequity in doctor use, even higher than Mexico — which is both poorer and generally more inequitable. And as noted in a 2003 study by the Institute of Medicine, insurance status, more than any other demographic or economic factor, determines the timeliness and quality of health care, if it is received at all. A review of studies published this week in Annals of Internal Medicine reported that health insurance substantially raises people’s chances of survival. It improves the diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure, significantly cutting mortality rates. It reduces death rates from breast cancer and trauma. Over all, the review concluded that health insurance reduces the chance of dying among adults 18 to 64 years old by between 3 and 29 percent

June 27, 2017
New York Times

U.S. Republican healthcare bill imperilled with 22 million seen losing insurance

Twenty-two million Americans would lose insurance over the next decade under the U.S. Senate Republican healthcare bill, a nonpartisan congressional office said, complicating the path forward for the already-fraught legislation. Moderate senators are concerned about millions of people losing insurance. Key conservative senators have said the Senate bill does not do enough to repeal Obamacare. The CBO assessment that an additional 15 million people would be uninsured in 2018 under the bill and its prediction that insurance premiums would skyrocket over the first two years prompted concern from both sides

June 27, 2017
Reuters

Stripping Americans of health insurance could be deadly: study

Health insurance saves lives – that’s the conclusion of a report released just in time to weigh into the debate among Senate Republicans considering a bill that could strip millions of Americans of coverage. “Overwhelming scientific evidence shows that lack of insurance is sometimes deadly,” co-author Dr. David Himmelstein, a professor at the City University of New York’s Hunter College School of Public Health, said. Based on findings from a variety of large studies, Americans without health insurance faced 40 percent higher odds of dying during the study periods than the privately insured, the report found. “Being uninsured is deadly,” co-author Dr. Steffie Woolhandler said. “That was the conclusion from a 2002 Institute of Medicine report. The evidence that’s accumulated over the last 15 years actually strengthens the Institute of Medicine’s conclusions”

June 26, 2017
Reuters

76% Indians without health insurance, forcing them to dip into savings

India added 450 million people over the 25 years to 2016, a period during which the proportion of people living in poverty fell by half, but, this period of rising prosperity has been marked by a “dual-disease burden”, a continuing rise in communicable diseases and a spurt in non-communicable or “lifestyle” diseases, which accounted for half of all deaths in 2015, from 42% in 2001-03. While the private sector dominates healthcare delivery across the country, a majority of the population living below the poverty line (BPL)–the ability to spend Rs 47 per day in urban areas, Rs 32 per day in rural areas–continues to rely on the under-financed and short-staffed public sector for its healthcare needs, as a result of which their healthcare needs remain unmet

June 7, 2017
Business Standard

Trump's Proposed Birth Control Rollback Is a Very Scary Idea

A draft of the Trump administration’s plan to roll back the ACA’s birth control benefit, which requires insurance plans to provide contraception free of charge, has leaked to the press. The plan expands the exemption that allows religious houses to deny health insurance coverage on moral objection grounds, so if a CEO offering insurance provision as part of the work package believes women should not use birth control, they don’t have to cover it

May 31, 2017
Elle
June 1, 2017
New York Times

Tanzania: Technology Helps Bridge Health Insurance Gap

Mobile technology is beginning to have an impact on the way healthcare is delivered to both urban and rural communities in Africa. One new innovation is mHealth, a mobile technology service providing better access to knowledge and information, improved service delivery and response times during crisis. Tigo Tanzania and its partner Milvik Tanzania recently introduced an improved insurance service called Bima Mkononi which offers healthcare insurance cover at an affordable rate to cushion people from healthcare cost burdens. It offers products such as life insurance, hospitalization and personal accident cover for customers actively using Tigo Pesa

May 6, 2017
allafrica.com

Republican plan to repeal Obamacare would leave millions uninsured, according to a new report

Republican plan to repeal Obamacare would leave millions uninsured, according to a new report

March 14, 2017
Reuters

Trump Health Plan Helps Young Middle Class at Cost of Old, Poor: CBO

A Congress Budget Office report said ‘among the biggest beneficiaries of President Trump’s healthcare overhaul would be young, middle-class Americans. People over 50 and lower-income people would be hardest hit’

March 14, 2017
Bloomberg

Employees who decline genetic testing could face penalties under proposed bill

U.S. Republicans are proposing legislation aimed at making it easier for companies to gather genetic data from workers and their families, including their children, when they collect it as part of a voluntary wellness programme.  It could also raise the financial penalties for those who opt out of workplace wellness programmes

March 11, 2017
Washington Post
March 10, 2017
New York Times

Medical providers oppose Trump-backed health plan, Democrats take aim

U.S. Republicans unveiled a plan to dismantle Obamacare, critics look set to pounce

March 8, 2017
Reuters