Groupe Roussel-Uclaf has announced its intention to distribute RU-486 in the US. There are only two modes of legitimate entry to the market: drug approval through FDA or qualification under an importation exemption for “life-saving” medications. If made available in the US, RU-486 will make abortion more accessible, a trend which runs counter to the Republican’s pro-life platform and the administration’s desire to eliminate use of federal monies for abortion-related activities. A Republican appointee, FDA Commissioner Young must prevent RU-486 from entering the market. He can do so by employing regulatory tactics such as exercising authority, traditional bureaucratic “red tape,” and anti-abortion regulations; codifying these decisions, hence
Our proposal group does not have the exact numbers of the cost that your company pays on the premium of your healthcare plan. So we have decided to use an average worker and employer premium contributions for family and individuals for the year 2012, (Kaiser Family Foundation, 2012) for private employers. For a family healthcare plan, each employer contributed on average of $10,704. The total cost of the premium was $15,199. The average payment by employers of the premium was 70% which is well over the 60% that is required.
For the HSA to be of value, an individual needs to be diligent about saving money, because if you don't adequately fund the account, your medical expenses could significantly exceed the HSA balance. (“HSA Advantages & Disadvantages,” 2009) “The IRS also limits how much you can contribute in a given year, and the figure is adjusted annually. For example, the maximum contribution for 2010 is $3,050 for individual coverage and $6,150 for family coverage,” (“HSA Advantages & Disadvantages,”
The United States is among the wealthiest and most prosperous nations in the world. It has the largest military, the largest economy, freedom of speech and religion. Yet its government is unable, unwilling, or incapable of providing adequate, basic healthcare to all its citizens. In 2010, the United States spent over $2.6 trillion on health care, representing roughly 18 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) (Hughes & Rao, 2012). On average, the United States spend twice as much on healthcare per capita and out spend 12 other industrial countries including Germany, Japan and New Zealand (Hughes & Rao, 2012).
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2000 Canada was ranked 30th in the world’s health system where as America was rated 37th (Geographic). In 2004 Canada ranked 12th in the Healthy Life expectancy where as America was rated 24th (Geographic). From 2002 to 2003, Canada was ranked 4th in the percentage of deaths in 100,000 people where as America was rated 14th when it was ranked from least to greatest (Ellen). In contrast, from 2000 to 2005, Canada was ranked 18th in total Expenditure on Health as percent of GDP where as America was rated 2nd. So why is it that despite America spending so much on its healthcare, Canada is still ranked higher in the world healthcare
It was considered the largest stimulus package administered by the United States Government since the New Deal 40 years ago.1 The package amounted to a staggering $789 billion, which is less then all of the previous totals the package was estimated to be. “The final bill includes $507 billion in spending programs and $282 billion in tax relief.”1 A major portion of the spending is is going towards tax cuts, the “public work projects,”1 and aiding states in medicaid expenses. Billions were eliminated from programs that are still part of the package, however helped to reduce the costliness of the bill such as providing incentives for home buyers, construction and renovation of schools, and the creation of fiscal stabilization funds for states.1 Although these programs are all important, the main goal of the government is to give a quick jolt to the economy in a cost efficient manner. With that said, the parties still agreed to sink $70 billion into assuring that middle class citizens are protected from paying the alternative minimum tax.1 This will be a break for middle class taxpayers, but “some Democrats decried the provision as a costly addition that would not lift the economy and that Congress would have approved, regardless of the recession.”1 However, besides that I am pleased to see that the package turned out to be less costly then originally proposed, and
Key Players: The accessibility of employer-sponsored health insurance has dropped about 10% over the past 10 years. With the drop in sponsorship, the total number of Americans that are uninsured has increased. Monthly premiums have approximately doubled within the past few years. With the rising cost of insurance and stagnant incomes, this puts families in a tight situation. Many employers are paying portions of the premium for the employee’s health coverage.
Canada's health care system has a large impact on the Canadian economy. (Squires, 2012) In 1950, the USA spent $12.1 billion on health care, and now an estimated $5.2 trillion are spent annually, and the costs keep rising. Spending in the U.S. is the highest in the nation. In the next two years, the US is expected to spend about $13,000 per person. The U.S. medical care system is primarily a for profit insurance plan usually provided to employees as a workforce benefit that are part of the compensation package.
Quality Improvement Plan part I April, 4 2010 Quality Improvement Plan part I The United States population is aging, according to USA Today more than 7% Americans aged 75 and older lived in nursing homes in 2006,this number decreased compared with 8.1% in 2000 and 10.2% in 1990.According to studies, nursing home resident are the nation’s greatest consumers of prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, are especially vulnerable to medication-related problems( Avorn, 1995) . In the U.S., older adults consume an estimated 34% of all prescriptions, though they constitute just 13% of the U.S. population (American
According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, in 2005, the US trailed many other countries in this area and only 15-20 percent of physician’s offices and 20-25 percent of inpatient facilities utilized an EMR( electronic medical record), (Health Affairs, 2005). It has been estimated that if 90 percent of both inpatient and outpatient facilities would adopt the EMR, the savings could average $77 billion per year (Health Affairs, 2005). Just in adverse drug reactions alone, the savings could be $200,000. Kaiser Permanente, the largest private healthcare delivery system in the United States, chose to perform a business analysis after the implementation of their information systems. The initial investment was to be $3 billion dollars over 11 years for full implementation of their EMR.