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Volume V, Issue 4

Jan. 22, 2018
Pneumonia is a Disease. Is High Cholesterol or Osteoporosis?
"So much of what we do today in medicine falls in the gray zone between treating disease and manipulating risk," A Country Doctor Writes on 1.20.18. "In many cases, we have ended up with disease-like names, and drug based treatments, for these risk factors. In reality, many other things besides drugs can modify these risks, but our "scientific" paradigm mostly recognizes double blinded trials of medications and undervalues other approaches."

"The ultimate question is to what degree aging is a disease and whether it should be the priority of the medical professions, pharmaceutical industry and our insurance system to fight it," concludes the doctor.
Bondi Weighs Legal Fight Against Opioid Makers, Distributors 
From the News Service of Florida, via Health News Florida on Jan 19, 2018, we learn that "Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi on Thursday said Florida could soon pursue legal action against manufacturers and distributors of opioids."
According to the article, the purpose of the potential litigation is two-fold: accountability and compensation. Bondi said, "Look at what we are facing in this state. I'm over them. Over them. They need to fix their conduct." Meanwhile, the costs associated with the crisis are staggering. For example:
  • In 2016, there were 5,725 deaths attributed to opioids, a 35 percent jump from the previous year
  • More than 4,000 babies were born addicted to opioids in Florida that year, a 1,000 percent increase from a decade ago
Bondi said money is needed because the costs for treatment are expensive and that there are a lot of Floridians who simply cannot afford it.
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U.S. healthcare uninsured rises most in near decade   
Yasmeen Abutaleb reports for Reuters on 1.16.18 that "The number of Americans without healthcare insurance rose by 3.2 million people between 2016 and 2017, or 1.3 percentage points to 12.2 percent, according to a Gallup poll released on Tuesday."

This is the biggest jump in the uninsured rate in nearly a decade, according to the author.



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Florida Health Industry Week in Review is published every Monday by

Each Monday morning we share the top healthcare headlines of the previous week and summarize
What Happened (WH) and
Why It Matters (WIM).

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