Highlights from CT Health Notes

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Thursday’s issue of CT Health Notes, our biweekly list serv, includes
Aging baby boomers intensify looming health care workforce shortage — a new report from the Institute of Medicine finds that the growing number of older patients with more complex health care needs will overwhelm an already stressed health care workforce.
Health care becoming “employer of last resort” — Tuesday the Wall Street Journal reported on the increase in health care jobs, especially where manufacturing jobs are disappearing. The interactive map is fascinating – see the increases in health care employment in CT, particularly in New Haven, and the decreases in manufacturing.
Something is not always better than nothing in health insurance — A recent report in Health Affairs compares the assets of uninsured households with cost sharing requirements under high deductible health plans. Among families with at least one uninsured member, only about 15% had net assets sufficient to cover single-person cost-sharing levels for an HSA.
Survey finds 76% of CT cardiologists cite a great need for health care reform — A survey of CT Chapter of the American College of Cardiology members published in this month’s CT Medicine, found that while a large majority believe health care reform is needed, only 9% are familiar with the presidential candidates’ proposals.

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