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Oncology Patient Advocacy Spotlight

IP Blog | Dave Melin | April 27, 2016

Patient Advocacy awareness ribbonsThis week in health care trends, our oncology patient advocacy spotlight includes: why shopping for health care isn’t like shopping for anything else, and how physician incentives could totally change health care.

Shopping for Health Care: A Fledgling Craft

In this New York Times article, the author argues that “health care operates very differently from anything else we buy” in that “most of us still buy it blind.” The article then goes on to spotlight the lack of health care cost transparency and various attempts to incorporate patients into the health care “shopping” experience.

What Does a New Era of Physician Accountability Mean for Patients?

This article argues that physicians “are the main actors in the system” and that “no gains can be made in tackling [healthcare] problems without changing the drivers of physician behavior.” It then goes on to discuss several proposed incentive to change physician behavior, such as financial incentives and competition, and how this might impact patients.

Poor Physician-Patient Communication Leads to Higher Out-of-Pocket Spending

A new study about patient-physician interaction has found that “for optimum utilization of consumer healthcare markets, physicians need to be prepared to help patients navigate out-of-pocket expenses during clinical encounters.”

The articles above are from our dedicated Oncology Patient Advocacy e-magazine. You can follow us on Flipboard or Twitter, or just watch for the links to this and our other magazines in our regular weekly BioBlog emails. (Don’t get our emails yet? Subscribe here!)

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