Capsules: Young Adults Value Health Insurance, Poll Finds; Brill: Law Won't Bring Prices Down For Patients; Improper Use Of Prescription Drugs Costs $200 Billion A Year, Report Finds

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Jordan Rau reports on Kaiser Family Foundation poll findings regarding young adults feelings about health insurance: "A strong majority of young adults, whose participation in the health law may be key to its success or failure, strongly believe health insurance is important for them and worth the money, according to a new poll. As some states and the federal government prepare new online marketplaces for people to purchase insurance this fall, the willingness of young people to buy coverage has been a topic of great uncertainty. Their participation in these marketplaces is considered crucial, since the young tend to be healthier than older people and, therefore, will use fewer medical resources, allowing their premiums to help subsidize the care of the old and sick" (Rau, 6/19).

In addition, Julie Appleby reports on a study regarding prescription drug costs: "Much of those costs result from unneeded hospitalizations or doctor visits, according to the study by the IMS Health’s Institute for Healthcare Informatics, which provides data and other consulting services to the health care industry. Medical costs are driven up by patients who don’t get the right medications or fail to take their drugs, the misuse of antibiotics, medication errors and inadequate oversight when patients take multiple drugs" (Appleby, 6/19).

Also on Capsules, Alvin Tran reports on journalist Stephen Brill's Senate testimony on health care pricing: "At a Capitol Hill hearing Tuesday, journalist Steven Brill, who examined the issue of the high cost of health care in a much quoted March 2013 Time magazine article, told Senate Finance Committee members that President Barack Obama's health care law will do very little to lower prices for consumers" (Tran, 6/18). Check out what else is on the blog.

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