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Despite rising costs, a vast majority of U.S. workers say they are very satisfied with their employer-provided health care benefits. Furthermore, most workers consider the health plan to be their most important benefit and they have little interest in purchasing coverage on their own.
Judging from the results of the latest JD Power and Associates survey of more than 10,000 Americans, the millions of dollars and countless hours employers spend on health and wellness campaigns may be falling on deaf — and distrusting — ears.
WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) today unveiled its Member Health Index (MHI), a comprehensive initiative designed to measure the improvement in the health of its 34 million members.  The company is the working to directly link success in improving the health of its members with the compensation of every associate in the company. The MHI will measure the success of WellPoint's programs to better manage care and improve the health and wellness of its members.
More than a quarter of Americans say they have left a drug prescription unfilled because they felt it was unneeded and a fifth have obtained a second opinion because they felt their doctors' recommendations were too aggressive.
Calls made on cell phones do not affect hospital medical devices, U.S. researchers said last week, but store anti-theft alarms might make implanted heart devices misfire. Tests at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., showed normal use of cell phones caused no noticeable interference with patient care equipment, they said.
Despite tax benefits, many employees don't use spending accounts to stash cash for medical costs. Because some consumers just don't know about the relatively new health spending accounts, they are passing up what could be hundreds of millions of dollars in tax benefits at a time when rising health care costs are eating into the budgets of many families, experts say.
Democrats have vowed to repeal laws enacted to make health savings accounts better investment vehicles for consumers, but in lieu of a unified front, the Bush administration is moving ahead with plans to expand the role of HSAs to benefit consumers.
Amid growing Congressional pressure to make some changes in the Health Savings Account (HSAs) regulations, a new forecast on their expanding usage and popularity may give some political leaders pause.
Revised Census Bureau figures show that in 2005, 44.8 million people, or 15.3% of the population, were without health insurance—about 1.8 million fewer than the bureau previously reported in August 2006.
U.S. healthcare consumers want insurance companies to place a value on preventive care and are currently more satisfied with private and nonprofit health plans compared with their publicly-traded counterparts, according to a new survey released by J.D. Powers and Associates.
Creenaght Health Plans is partnering with employers to offer an outcome driven plan that actually rewards people for going to the doctor when they should, and provides incentives to make people want to stay healthy.   This is an effort to infuse personal responsibility and healthy choices at the member level and as a result, lower the demand for healthcare services, which in turn will lower healthcare costs.
A survey by Harris Interactive was recently done to examine issues around prescription medications and other medical treatments.   The study was conducted as an online survey in the United States from March 5-7, 2007 and included a cross section of 2,673 adults.
According to the results of a survey released today by the American Association of Preferred Provider Organizations (AAPPO), 95% of health savings account (HSA) enrollees receive health care through preferred provider organizations (PPOs).
In the nation with the most intensive Consumer Directed Healthcare program, Swiss voters have overwhelmingly rejected a proposal for a single health insurer.

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