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Employer alliance is trying to reduce the cost of health care – Aug 2017

On Health Care, Who Needs Congress? NYT Aug 2017

US Health care is provided to
147 million via employers
50+ million via Medicare
50+ million via Medicaid

If definine health care affordability as < 9.7% of income
Health care will NOT be affordable to HALF of the population in a decade
% of families where health care premiums and deductable will exceed 9.7% of income

Note: These costs do not seem to include

  • employer share of health costs
  • cost of time-off from job
  • cost of training a new employee (if they are not able to return to work)

Health Transformation Alliance is a consortium of 41 employers trying to lower the costs of healthcare
HTA employers have only 6.5 million employees (4% of the 147 million listed above)

Video by the CEO June 2017

No mention of prevention on website or video
They appear to mainly focus on the following options for employers

  • Reducing costs of drugs by combined purchase (hope to save $600 million over three years))
  • Have employees go to the "better" hospitals
  • Use of Dr. Watson (IBM) soon - such as increase Cancer diagnosis (but not Cancer prevention)

"We and our employees spend more than $5 billion each year on four procedures and ailments:
   knee replacements
   hip replacements
   back pain


Knee pain reduced, faster recovery if have replacement

Hip fracture - prevention, replacement, recovery

Back Pain 17 studies as of Aug 2017

Diabetes - a few studies

Overview Diabetes and vitamin D contains the following summary

  • Diabetes is 5X more frequent far from the equator
  • Children getting 2,000 IU of vitamin D are 8X less likely to get Type 1 diabetes
  • Obese people get less sun / Vitamin D - and also vitamin D gets lost in fat
  • Sedentary people get less sun / Vitamin D
  • Worldwide Diabetes increase has been concurrent with vitamin D decrease and air conditioning
  • Elderly get 4X less vitamin D from the same amount of sun
        Elderly also spend less time outdoors and have more clothes on
  • All items in category Diabetes and Vitamin D 540 items: both Type 1 and Type 2

Vitamin D appears to both prevent and treat diabetes

Number of articles in both categories of Diabetes and:
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  • Dark Skin 24;   Intervention 56;   Meta-analysis 38;   Obesity 35;  Pregnancy 44;   T1 (child) 39;  Omega-3 11;  Vitamin D Receptor 24;  Genetics 12;  Magnesium 27    Click here to see details

Some Diabetes studies

50 ng of Vitamin D fights Diabetes

T1 Diabetes


Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Magnesium - many studies

Vitamin D and Magnesium separately prevent & treat these health problems, using BOTH should be even better

The TOP articles in Cost Savings and Vitamin D are listed here:

Employers could easily give Vitamin D to employee families via Amazon delivery service

Amazon permits employees to buy specific products and charge them to their company
So, employees could have vitamin D for their families delivered by Amazon to their homes
This totally eliminates the distribution cost and problems with delivery via employers or doctors/hospitals

Comcast is reducing Healthcare Cost of their 225,000 employees and families - Aug 2018

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