"UnitedHealth said it expects as much as $500 million in losses on the Obamacare plans in 2016. The insurer will record $275 million of the costs in the fourth quarter. United also said Thursday it’s booking $350 million in losses tied to the 2015 performance of its ACA plans."
"Health care costs are unaffordable for 25 percent of privately insured working-age adults, according to the Commonwealth Fund Health Care Affordability Index. The new index identifies 30 percent of people with moderate incomes and 53 percent with low incomes as having unaffordable health care costs. People with exposure to high health care costs relative to their incomes were the most likely to skip needed health care and not fill prescriptions."
"Of course, the health care experience is fraught with emotion: it’s not like shopping for a tomato or a car. People don’t want to “shop” for health care when they’re in an emergency. Truly, they don’t want to “shop” for health care at all, in my experience: they just want to get treated and get well. But increasingly, they realize that they must find information about price and quality to protect themselves".
"WHEN should a doctor betray a patient’s confidence? This week the Supreme Court of the State of Washington heard arguments on this question in a case that has profound implications for the doctor-patient relationship."
"Wearable producers such as Apple, Fitbit, and Pebble will ship more than 76 million of the devices by the end of the year, according to market research firm IDC. Some doctors and researchers, however, remain unimpressed, They question the value of the particular metrics tracked, as well as the validity of the deluge of data these gadgets produce."
"'Millennials view health as not something to fear but health as a tool for a rich, wonderful life.' As the sickest and most obese generation in their 20s and 30s in the last 100 years, there is ample motivation for millennials to veer away from the traditional sick care system that hasn’t delivered health despite spending vast sums that have crushed boomers’ nest eggs."
"Research shows that feeling grateful doesn't just make you feel good. It also helps — literally helps — the heart."