Consumer Health Digest #19-24

Your Weekly Update of News and Reviews
June 16, 2019


Consumer Health Digest is a free weekly e-mail newsletter edited by William M. London, Ed.D., M.P.H., with help from Stephen Barrett, M.D. It summarizes scientific reports; legislative developments; enforcement actions; news reports; Web site evaluations; recommended and nonrecommended books; and other information relevant to consumer protection and consumer decision-making. Its primary focus is on health, but occasionally it includes non-health scams and practical tips.


Medical cost hardship is common in the United States. Researchers have found that about 137 million adults experienced significant difficulty with medical costs. Their findings are based on National Health Interview survey of 68,828 people aged 18 to 64 years and 24,614 people aged 65 years and older. Medical financial hardships were more common among 18 to 64-year-olds, especially for those without health insurance. Hardships were found to be greater for those with Medicare only than those with private or public insurance in addition to Medicare. People with the least educational attainment tended to report the greatest hardships. [Yabroff KR and others. Prevalence and correlates of medical financial hardship. Journal of General Internal Medicine. DOI: 10.1007/s11606-019-05002-w]


High-deductible health insurance plans fare poorly in national survey. A national survey of adults with employer-sponsored health insurance (ESI) has found:

[Hamel L and others. Kaiser Family Foundation/LA Times Survey of Adults with Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance. Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. May 2019]


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