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Deloitte Comparative Effectiveness Study Evaluates Potential Savings Opportunities for U.S. Health Care System
Date:5/19/2009

care reform, comparative effectiveness has the potential to fundamentally change the industry," said Terry Hisey, vice chairman and U.S. Life Sciences industry leader, Deloitte LLP. "Our report examines how comparative effectiveness programs leverage both medicine and clinical decisions to achieve varying results across different patient populations. For comparative effectiveness to work in the United States, it will require cooperation between all stakeholders, from life sciences companies to payers, providers, policymakers and consumers, to achieve maximum benefits."

Consumerism

Consumers, as the primary recipients of the product of the health care system, have an incredible stake in the effectiveness and efficiencies of health care services. Yet, data from the Deloitte 2009 Survey of U.S. Health Care Consumers indicates that only 27 percent of consumers report that they understand how the health system works, with 16 percent reporting that they have no understanding or very slight understanding. These findings underscore the significance of the potential gap regarding comparative effectiveness research findings and what consumers feel they know about how the health system works and how they view health system performance.

As comparative effectiveness programs are developed in the United States, life sciences companies may find the following information from the Deloitte 2009 Survey of Health Care Consumers valuable about the attitudes and behaviors of health care consumers:

  • Only 11 percent of consumers view pharmaceutical, biotech or medical device/product manufacturers as trusted sources of health information.
  • Only 27 percent of consumers view the food and drug administration (FDA) as a trusted source of health information.
  • More than half (52 percent) of prescription medication users take three or more medications; 24 pe
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