June 26, 2017
The Low-down on Direct-to-Consumer Pharmaceutical Advertisements and What They Mean For Us, As Healthcare Consumers.
Do you ever feel like you can’t escape the pharmaceutical advertisements? It’s rare to watch a television show, read a magazine, or go on social media now a days without running into some sort of advertisement for a new prescription drug. But, aside from being a nuisance, what do these advertisements mean for us as consumers?
For several years, there’s been debate over whether... Read More
June 20, 2017
Why the Cost of Prescription Medicine is Skyrocketing
You may have noticed when you pick up your prescription at the pharmacy that the price seems to keep creeping up. According to the Wall Street Journal pharmaceutical prices have increased 9.8% in the past year. But why is this? Why are people who need medications forced to pay these crazy prices? Here are a couple of reasons as reported in a review by the JAMA Network.
The United States has higher drug prices than any other industrialized... Read More
June 1, 2017
Understanding The Key Terms Used Within Health Insurance
Health Insurance can seem confusing and frustrating to understand completely. Let's start with the basics. Health Insurance is used to cover some, if not most, of your medical needs through insurance premiums each month. These insurance premiums are paid by you and or your employer.
Let's take a look at other typical terms used within Health Insurance:
Copayment: A copayment is a fixed dollar amount that you must pay for receiving a... Read More
May 18, 2017
Is the Produce Marked Organic Really Worth Your Money?
You see the word “organic” in every grocery store you go to. You may even feel a little healthier when you’re standing in line at check-out with a basket full of organic foods. Then again, you might just be wondering if that organic sticker is even worth it at all.
What is organic? Organic produce means that the produce was made without using synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, or genetically modified organisms.
Here is some information... Read More
April 19, 2017
Are You an Informed Patient at the Doctor’s Office?
Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the world, behind heart disease as the number 1 and cancer as the number 2 (CNN). So, the question is do you have full faith in your doctor to make decisions for you, or would you rather make your own decisions? Doctors do not intend harm to patients, but they can make mistakes that could have been prevented if you knew the information as well as they did.
It is hard as a patient to know... Read More
March 29, 2017
Get Involved in the Movement!
National Public Health Week will be celebrated from April 3rd to April 9th this year! National Public Health Week is an initiative of the American Public Health Association (APHA). According to the APHA website “Public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play.”
On the National Public Health Week 2017 website there are tools and resources to help get everyone have a successful week. Stopping by their... Read More
February 22, 2017
The Right and Wrong Time to Utilize Hospital Emergency Rooms
In a report put out by the New England Healthcare Institute (NEHI) research found that in 2007 approximately $700 billion was wasted on unnecessary health care expenses in America. Of this $700 billion, $38 billion was spent due to emergency room overuse.
Emergency department overuse can also cause overcrowding and long waits for persons requiring true emergency care.
To help stop this misuse of hospital emergency departments here are... Read More
February 3, 2017
Breaking Down the Basic Facts About Flu Shots and Why Some of us Get Sick Anyway.
The topic of getting the flu shot can bring about some interesting questions; Are flu shots necessary? Will getting vaccinated make me sicker than if I hadn’t? Are they just a waste of money?
As many may know, the Influenza vaccine is typically a deactivated form of the most common strain(s) of influenza, predicted for the upcoming year. The vaccines are designed to help those injected build immunity (via... Read More
November 28, 2016
UNH Health Services Offers a Medical Center for Staff Members as well as Students
The University of New Hampshire’s Health Services Center is a great place to go whenever you are sick or need medical advice. It offers students the ability to refill prescriptions, get x-rays, and a plethora of other medical services with the convenience of being centrally located on campus.
In order to provide for the well-being of its faculty and staff, the University of New Hampshire offers an employee clinic... Read More
November 15, 2016
Try a 5,000% Price Increase.
Prescription drug costs are cheaper in many other countries than they are in America. In fact, one study shows that for the 40 most commonly prescribed drugs, prices in America are highest 93% of the time.
The United States, which leaves pricing to market competition, has higher drug prices than other countries where governments directly or indirectly control medicine costs.
One example of highly expensive drug costs has been in the news lately. Martin Shkreli, CEO... Read More