Taking Action Express: Obesity Tops $2 Trillion; Join Us in January!; Shifting Costs to Consumers…

December 16, 2014

reportThe Weekly Buzz: Obesity Costs Globally Rise to More Than $2 Trillion Annually

The global cost of obesity has risen to $2 trillion annually —- nearly as much as smoking or the combined impact of armed violence, war and terrorism, according to a new report released by the McKinsey Global Institute. The report focuses on the economics of obesity, putting it among the top three social programs generated by human beings. It puts its impact at 2.8 percent of global gross domestic product. Visit mnhealthactiongroup.org and type in key words: obesity and diabetes, for numerous free tools, research and resources.


PrintSpecial Open Action Group Meeting in January

The Action Group’s first meeting of the year will be set aside to reflect on the accomplishments and key findings of 2014, and to set forth our plans to continue advancing toward our goals in 2015. Current members are encouraged to bring friends or colleagues who are contemplating membership in 2015. If you are not yet a member and would like to receive an invitation, please contact us at info@mnhealthactiongroup.org. There is no cost to attend, and we will be serving a hot breakfast.


wsjMore Cost of Health Care Shifts to Consumers

Americans are required to dig more deeply into their own pockets than ever before to pay for medical care. This Wall Street Journal article examines how they are struggling to cope —- and how the economy is benefitting.

The Minnesota Health Action Group continues to advocate for transparency in health care, in part, to enable purchasers to “shop” for cost and quality information more easily. Read about how transparency is the cornerstone of The Action Group’s work in this new blog from Carolyn Pare.


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The Action Group’s first meeting of the year will be set aside to reflect on the accomplishments and key findings of 2014, and to set forth our plans to continue advancing toward our goals in 2015. Current members are encouraged to bring friends or colleagues who are contemplating membership in 2015. If you are not yet a member and would like to receive an invitation, please contact us at info@mnhealthactiongroup.org. There is no cost to attend, and we will be serving a hot breakfast.


logo-retinaSoaring Generic Drug Prices Draw Senate Scrutiny

A number of low-cost drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing unexpected spikes of up to eight thousand percent. Read more about how a Senate panel is addressing the recent, unexpected trend. Here are some helpful resources:

Many Action Group members are currently collaborating through a Care Delivery Learning Network to determine how to control costs, while assuring access to life-enhancing and life-saving drugs.


Thought for the Week

“It is currently the ‘Wild, Wild West’ in drug pricing. I believe in markets, but this market is broken; it’s failing. For generics, the trend is going up rather than down, as we’d expect, and not just two or five percent, but by hundreds or even thousands of percent.”

                                Stephen W. Schondelmeyer, Pharm.D., Ph.D.