Welcome to Finestra’s Weekly Reader, wherein we recount intriguing, important, or infamous health care-related stories you may have missed over the past week.
- Employers Use Patient Assistance Programs to Offset Their Own Costs. (Kaiser Health News) “'The patients are caught in the middle between the drug industry and the insurance industry, each trying to get as much money as possible out of the other.'"
- Epidemics That Weren’t: How Countries Shut Down Recent Outbreaks. (New York Times) “Some of the most fragile health systems in the world can teach us ways to respond to public health threats early and effectively.”
- Paxlovid Has Been Free So Far. Next Year, Sticker Shock Awaits. (Kaiser Health News) "[…] the government plans to stop footing the bill [for Paxlovid] within months, and millions of people who are at the highest risk of severe illness and are least able to afford the drug — the uninsured and seniors — may have to pay the full price."
- How the monkeypox outbreak revealed the path for vanquishing viruses. (The Washington Post) “Monkeypox loomed as the next great viral threat — sickening people at a rapid clip during the summer and becoming the first public health crisis since the dawn of the coronavirus pandemic.”
- Hospital Financial Decisions Play a Role in the Critical Shortage of Pediatric Beds for RSV Patients. (Kaiser Health News) "To cope with the flood of young patients sickened by a sweeping convergence of nasty bugs — especially respiratory syncytial virus, influenza, and coronavirus — medical centers nationwide have deployed triage tents, delayed elective surgeries, and transferred critically ill children out of state."
- France offers free condoms to young people and free emergency contraception to all women. (CNN) “Free condoms are now available to young people under the age of 26 at French pharmacies as part of what French President Emmanuel Macron has called ‘a small revolution in preventative healthcare.’”