Milliman Medical Index cited among interesting healthcare studies

This Chicago Tribune article highlights statistics and other medical research findings from 2013. The Milliman Medical Index (MMI) is mentioned in the article. Here’s an excerpt:

Nearly this many Americans are on at least one prescription drug, according to a study published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Forty-eight percent of Americans in the study took at least one prescription drug in the past month. Antibiotics, antidepressants, painkilling opioids and cholesterol-lowering drugs were the most commonly used.

Is the percentage increase in likelihood that patients who have weekend surgery will die compared with if they had undergone the procedure on a Monday, according to a study in the British Medical Journal. Some experts hypothesize that the quality and availability of expert staffing on the weekend may be to blame.

Last year, the average U.S. family of four with health insurance spent more money on out-of-pocket health care costs ($9,144) than it did on groceries ($8,388), according to the 2013 Milliman Medical Index.

Sore throat
Only about 10 percent of adults with sore throats have strep throat, which is caused by bacteria that could be killed by antibiotics, yet 60 percent of people seeing a doctor for a sore throat leave with a prescription for antibiotics, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

The MMI shows that the cost of care for the typical American family of four was $22,030 in 2013. That price tag was almost as much as the cost of attending an in-state public college ($22,261) for the current academic year. This blog features other items individuals can buy with $22,030.

To download the 2013 Milliman Medical Index, click here.