June 7, 2013
The day before I left for college after winter break, I stopped at Rite Aid to pick up a prescription that I had just been issued. I pulled up to the drive through window and gave the pharmacist my name and date of birth. The pharmacist then said the worst thing a young college student wants to hear, “Your total comes to $400; your insurance covered the rest.” That was more than I had in my bank account! I eventually researched a generic drug that only cost me $17. It worked exactly the same... Read More
March 29, 2013
In the current economic times, people are looking anywhere they can to cut costs in their life. According to research conducted by the Milken Institute, more than half of Americans suffer from at least one chronic disease, many of which are preventable. According to calculations by the Milken Institute these diseases cost Americans and the government $1.3 trillion annually. This money comes out of the pockets of Americans as well as from the government, affecting every American in one way or... Read More
February 11, 2013
The cost of healthcare is a huge issue on the national stage as the United States tries to come to terms with its overwhelming state of national debt. Concern is growing especially among young people who will be given the task of dealing with the mounting debt. The nation’s debt comes from many sources, but healthcare is a big contributor. Healthcare costs exceed nearly 20% of U.S. GDP; a staggering estimated $2 trillion annually. The US Council on Foreign Relations reported in 2012 that the US... Read More
February 4, 2013
As the temperature starts to drop, it seems that our immune system also goes down with it. Living in a dorm room, late nights in the library, and eating in the same locations is ideal for the germs also living at UNH. Getting sick often gives students the excuse to miss class. It is true that we are thinking about the other students in class and don’t want to get them sick, but have you ever thought about how much money you are losing?
What does money have to do with being sick? It has been... Read More
January 16, 2013
Medical maladies and mishaps are bound to happen to each individual at least once in their lifetime. Whether it is a misdiagnosis, an improper stitch sewn to your wound, or even just the lack of funds to pay for a treatment at that moment.
However, Julie Rovner from NPR states, “there's at least one good thing about the country's inability to control health costs. If you can write a compelling essay about a problem, you could win a thousand bucks.”
Rovner goes on in her article that a non-... Read More
January 14, 2013
It is typically right around now when we look into the mirror and ask, “Who is that pale person staring back at me?” In Durham there are several locations that offer tanning and promote specials that claim to save you money, but will you really be saving money in the long run?
Dr. Harley Haynes, vice chairman of the Department of Dermatology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and a Harvard Medical School professor stated, "There is no evidence at all that you can use UV radiation to... Read More
January 9, 2013
In these economically harsh times, sometimes the feelings we get when we look ahead to graduation from college and entering the job force border on dread, rather than excitement. One of the issues that 20-somethings who are just getting on their feet in the career market is the fact that once we hit 25, we can no longer stay on our parents’ health insurance. And things aren’t happening to make this easier for us. In fact, new reports have recently been released, saying that the out of pocket... Read More
November 14, 2012
We all are aware that eating right and exercising regularly contribute to a healthier body and mind. But did you know that the better you eat and the more you exercise, the lower health care costs may become? If you eat healthier and exercise more, you will be a healthier individual, and therefore needing to use medical services less.
1. Lower premiums.
If you are healthier, you get sick and hurt less often. This means you go to the hospital/doctor/pharmacy less often and use... Read More
October 26, 2012
the 2012 Presidential Election quickly approaching, it can be nerve-racking for
young adults between the ages of 18-25 to see where they will fall with either
candidate if President Obama gets re-elected, or if Governor Mitt Romney gets
elected. Below is the breakdown of what will happen to some health care costs access
and the state of the Affordable Care Act depending on which candidate wins the
President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, young American’s are able... Read More
September 7, 2012
It seems much of the political buzz these days centers around the quickly rising costs of health care. There is a good reason so many politicians are basing their campaigns around this issue- healthcare costs for the United States are expected to rise 7.5% in 2013, and that is up from the $ 2.6 trillion health care system we are facing in 20121. “What does this have to do with me and HealthyUNH?” you may be puzzling to yourself. You are more connected to the health care system than you might... Read More