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Workers Overwhelmed by Health Care Decisions

A new report demonstrates the frustration and hopelessness that grips so many in the face of health care decisions. The study by Alegeus showed that there are seldom health or insurance-related choices that Americans make with relative ease or comfort. At the top of the list was “planning for out-of-pocket costs,” which two-thirds of respondents say they found either challenging or very challenging. Fifty-five percent say the same about choosing health care benefits.

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Drilling Down into the Motivations Behind Consumer Healthcare Decisions

How the average person accesses healthcare services is changing rapidly, thanks to things like wearable devices and public health exchanges where people purchase insurance coverage independent of larger health plans. But as for how the average person is making their decisions when it comes to health coverage? Uh, check back in another five years.

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Price Transparency Websites Need to Be Simple, Help Patients Interpret the Data, Expert Says

As a new report showed the vast majority of U.S. state failing when it comes to healthcare price transparency, one expert has said that for states to get on board they must first take a hard look at the websites they are creating to communicate costs. Judith Hibbard, of the University of Oregon, worked on the report and said states could take several steps to improve.

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Being Unfit May Be Almost as Bad for You as Smoking

Being out of shape could be more harmful to health and longevity than most people expect, according to a new, long-term study of middle-aged men. The study finds that poor physical fitness may be second only to smoking as a risk factor for premature death. Many past epidemiological studies have found that people with low physical fitness tend to be at high risk of premature death. Conversely, people with robust aerobic capacity are likely to have long lives.

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Clinton Allies Say Healthcare Costs Are Next Big Battle

At the Democratic National Convention this week, some of Hillary Clinton’s closest allies on healthcare are setting her up for a major battle to lower the cost of care, an issue they said needs to top her agenda as president. Clinton has pledged to tackle rising out-of-pocket costs for care, though she has been careful not to put it at the top of her domestic platform so far.

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