When you research the pharmaceutical business and why drugs make up such a large percentage of our healthcare spending nowadays, you’d better be ready for a few surprises.
These days, we’re used to shopping around and getting price information for just about anything within a few clicks! But, it’s not that easy with healthcare. Unlike shopping for clothes, food and most other professional services, it can be tricky to figure out how much different healthcare services cost, or which part of those costs you’ll have to cover out of pocket.
In 2004, some 15 years ago, I began a new life’s journey when I accepted a position right here at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana. Louisiana was SO different then. No Hurricane Katrina yet. No Drew Brees. No Super Bowl Championship. Nick Saban was OUR coach! And I had just moved into a brand-new house my wife designed and we built from scratch.
A new rule about HRAs could change how small employers fund health insurance
The numbers in Louisiana are frankly not too good: only 20% of employers with fewer than 10 employees offer their employees a group health plan.
If we are ever going to get healthcare costs under control here in the U.S., it’s clear that we will have to get more Americans to develop relationships with primary care providers (PCPs).
There is an ocean of healthcare data out there. And sometimes, it’s easy to feel like a ship floating in the middle of that water with no destination in sight. At Blue Cross, our lead data expert sees islands of hope as we analyze data and act upon the insights we learn. We find answers that lead us to innovations or confirm new ways that result in better care and health outcomes.