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 “A study last year by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that companies are shifting health care costs to their employees. Workers' share of health insurance premiums for their families rose 83 percent from 2005 to 2015, the survey shows. The amount employees had to pay for deductibles for individual insurance increased 255 percent from 2006 to 2015. The increases are far higher than growth in workers' wages.”



“Still, the findings raise serious questions about whether new sources of care like clinics or telemedicine, in which medical advice is offered over the phone, will be able to save money. People may find it much easier to pick up the phone or go to a drugstore without an appointment to have a minor ailment checked.”



“After all, making it possible for patients to obtain expensive life-saving medicines could go a long way toward tackling the mushrooming problem of rising drug costs — an issue that’s likely to become even more vexing as pricey personalized medicines become available. But before anyone signs on the bottom line, consider the fine print.”



“Phlebotomists—who draw blood for clinical or medical testing—have a choice of work arrangements these days. Alongside normal types of jobs at labs and hospitals, they can become an ‘Iggy’: a freelancer in an Uber-like network of mobile service provision.”



“Users will report the symptoms of their illness to the app, which will check them against a database of diseases using speech recognition. After taking into account the patient’s history and circumstances, Babylon will offer an appropriate course of action.”



“Massachusetts Health Quality Partners, a nonprofit organization that measures physician performance, asked nearly 44,000 adult patients whether they had discussed depression, substance abuse, and other mental health issues with their primary care provider during appointments in the previous year. Out of 100 possible points, doctors scored 56 on average last year, a slight improvement over the 2014 score of 53.”



“People receiving medical care can get serious infections called healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), which may lead to sepsis or death.”