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Kaiser Health News

Medical bills can push patients over the financial cliff, but a new study says this may not happen as often as previous research suggests.

After Elizabeth Moreno had back surgery in late 2015, her surgeon prescribed an opioid painkiller and a follow-up drug test that seemed routine — until the lab slapped her with a bill for $17,850.

A Houston lab had tested her urine sample for a constellation of legal and illicit drugs, many of which Moreno says she had never heard of, let alone taken.

"I was totally confused. I didn't know how I was going to pay this," said Moreno, 30, who is finishing a degree in education at Texas State University in San Marcos, and is pregnant with twins.

U.S. Army

Baby boomers dominate the nation’s population.

But analysts watching the health care economy say it’s the youngest health care consumers who are shaping the future health care economy.

PwC's Health Research Institute is in its 10th year of evaluating the nation’s health care economy. Lindsey Jarrell, a PwC partner based in Tampa, says health care companies need to pay close attention to trends involving millennials, those Americans born between 1981 and 1997.

A recent study published in the journal Health Affairs argues that lower costs and better savings can be achieved from loosening up restrictions on nurse practitioners. But as Bernd Wollschlaeger writes on his Florida Docs Blogs, the focus shouldn’t be on cost alone.   

New York Times

As the New York Times reports in the first of a series on out-of-whack health-care spending, the colonoscopy is the priciest screening that healthy Americans routinely get, at an average cost of $1,185. The basic test for cancer in other places around the world is nowhere near as expensive, according to data from the International Federation of Health Plans.

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