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The Week in Numbers by charlottegee
January 9, 2009, 8:11 am
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Installment #8:

American Health Care Since 1994: The Unacceptable Status Quo … Since 1994, the cost per person of American health care has more than doubled, with an annual growth rate regularly more than twice that of inflation.

In 2000, about 10 percent of all diagnostic and surgical procedures, such as biopsies or catheterizations, were done in an ambulatory surgery center. By 2007, it was more than 30 percent.

Five Health Insurance Predictions for 2009

Cigna says it will eliminate 1,100 jobs, or four percent of its total employment.

Nationally, the number of IPOs dropped to 30 in 2008 from 204 the previous year

100 Ways for Hospitals, Health Systems to Twitter (really?)

(But …) 63% of hospitals studied have little presence online

72 million people visited health Web sites last year, up 14% from 2007

Early C-Sections Can Double Health Risks for Newborns

The Five Myths of Healthcare Reform

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Charlotte,

Excellent blog – unfortunately all true and none of it happy news for Americans or their employers.

The only “healthcare reform” that has any chance of making a longer-term positive impact on the ever increasing cost of sickness care is a new focus on “wellness care”.

I am an business profitability improvement consultant. I hear employees and employers complaining about rising costs.

The only way you will be able to get the chip off employee’s shoulders about the cost of healthcare is to get the bag of chips out of their hands, get them off the couch and started eating and exercising properly.

This is a very hard answer for many to accept. It is much easier to blame the doctors, the government, the lawyers. In reality, the biggest determinant of the average person’s healthcosts long-term is the person themself.

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