(Reuters Health) - People with inflammatory bowel disease - either Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis - may incur health costs more than three times higher than individuals without these conditions, a U.S. study suggests.Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) involves chronic or recurring inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. People with Crohn's can have inflammation throughout the digestive tract, while in ulcerative colitis, only the large intestine and the rectum become inflamed.Researchers examined data from 2007 to 2016 for almost 53,000 people with IBD who had either private health insurance or Medicare Advantage coverage with both medical and pharmacy benefits. They also looked at data on 12 to 14 million people without IBD.Overall, average annual costs for patients with IBD were US$22,987 compared with US$6,956 without IBD, the study found.And out-of-pocket costs like co-payments and deductibles were more than doubled with IBD: US$2,213 a year compared with US$979 annually … [Read more...] about Inflammatory bowel disease patients have higher health costs
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By Steve Peoples The Associated Press Sun., May 5, 2019 COLUMBIA, S.C. - Twenty of his rivals have lined up to run for president, believing the race for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination was wide open. But one week after launching his campaign, former Vice-President Joe Biden is threatening to prove them wrong. His liabilities may be glaring, but the 76-year-old lifelong politician has quickly emerged as the front-runner in the crowded contest by dominating the debate that matters most to many voters: electability. Biden’s chief opponents privately concede that, for now at least, he has successfully cast himself as the candidate who can take down President Donald Trump. He may be out of step with the heart of the party on key issues, but Biden opens the race backed by a broad coalition of voters attracted to his personality, his governing experience and his working-class background — all elements that help convince voters he is better … [Read more...] about Biden surge fueled by electability advantage. Will it last?
(Reuters Health) - Many patients with neurologic disorders like multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and Parkinson's disease have seen steep increases in their out-of-pocket costs for drugs in recent years, a U.S. study suggests.Researchers examined data on out-of-pocket drug costs from 2004 to 2016 for more than 912,000 people with private health insurance who had multiple sclerosis, peripheral neuropathy, epilepsy, dementia or Parkinson's disease.All of the patients took at least one medication to treat these disorders, and researchers tracked costs for the most commonly prescribed and most expensive drugs for each condition.By far, costs rose the most for multiple sclerosis medicines. Patients' average monthly out-of-pocket costs for these drugs increased from US$15 in 2004 to US$309 in 2016.Patients' cumulative out-of-pocket costs over the first two years after diagnosis were US$2,238 for multiple sclerosis, 10-fold higher than the US$230 paid out-of-pocket by newly diagnosed epilepsy … [Read more...] about Patients’ drug costs surge for some neurologic conditions