NY taking steps to curb rising medical costs - FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV

NY taking steps to curb rising medical costs

Posted: Updated:
Health News Health News

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN

Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - With medical expenses among the nation's highest, New York has begun cutting Medicaid costs by replacing pay-as-you go services with managed care for prescription drugs. It also is planning to extend that approach to other medical services.

The goal is pushing treatment "upstream" into lower-cost primary care and prevention.

Nearly half the $53.5 billion Medicaid budget for 5.3 million low-income New Yorkers goes for fewer than 700,000 chronically ill, elderly patients.

The Kaiser Foundation says the state's annual health care spending averaged $8,341 per person in 2009, fifth highest among states, following two decades of 5.9% annual increases.

Experts say chronic illness and end-of-life interventions remain major cost drivers also affecting privately insured New Yorkers, including 1.1 million expected to enroll under a new federal mandate.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • HealthMore>>

  • Diabetes May Slow the Middle-Aged Brain

    Diabetes May Slow the Middle-Aged Brain

    Diabetes May Slow the Middle-Aged Brain Type 2 diabetes in those ages 50 to 65 may increase the likelihood of mild cognitive impairment (dailyRx News) As people age, their brains may not work at full speed. For...
    Diabetes May Slow the Middle-Aged Brain Type 2 diabetes in those ages 50 to 65 may increase the likelihood of mild cognitive impairment (dailyRx News) As people age, their brains may not work at full...
  • Overall US Dietary Quality Remained Low

    Overall US Dietary Quality Remained Low

    Overall US Dietary Quality Remained Low Higher socioeconomic status associated with a healthier diet (dailyRx News) Since 2000, US officials have made several policy changes in nutrition and proper food processing....
    Overall US Dietary Quality Remained Low Higher socioeconomic status associated with a healthier diet (dailyRx News) Since 2000, US officials have made several policy changes in nutrition and proper food...
  • Nonsurgical treatments suggested for women's urinary incontinence

    Nonsurgical treatments suggested for women's urinary incontinence

    Effective treatment options exist for women with urinary incontinence that don't involve medication or surgery, according to new guidelines from the American College of Physicians.
    Effective treatment options exist for women with urinary incontinence that don't involve medication or surgery, according to new guidelines from the American College of Physicians.
Powered by WorldNow

WTXF-TV
330 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2796

Phone: (215) 925-2929
Fax: (215) 982-5494

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices