Here's The Latest in Health Care:
• As the coronavirus COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the world, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising Americans to prepare for the possibility of an outbreak in their community. Suggestions include avoiding crowds, wiping down surfaces, putting plans in place for school closures, and more. It is not time to panic, but a little preparation never hurt anyone. Read More
• A checkup for $30, teeth Cleaning for $25, counseling for $1 per hour; these are just some of the services being offered by Walmart at their new health centers. It won’t be easy to persuade Americans to entrust their health to a big-box discount retailer. Still, consumers are clearly clamoring for affordable health care options, which companies like Walmart and CVS are ready to give a shot. Read More
• According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the majority of total healthcare spending is actually concentrated in a tiny percentage of the population. In fact, just five percent of the population accounted for more than half of total healthcare spending in 2017, with 22 percent coming from only one percent of the population. Read More
• While coronavirus has dominated the headlines, an estimated 29 million people in the U.S. have gotten the flu since early October, leading to nearly 16,000 deaths. To fight back, researchers are attempting to develop a universal flu vaccine — a single shot that would prevent multiple strains of influenza, including those that could cause future pandemics. Read More
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