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Average Cost for Asthma Medications in Children

Statistical Brief # 341 shows average cost for children’s asthma medications. The average out of pocket cost was $123, of $605 total medication cost, in 2007-2008. With medical inflation, $605 in 2008 is estimated at $871 in 2021 dollars. $123 with medical inflation would be $177 in 2021. The inflation amounts do not factor in newer drugs that may be more or less expensive than what was commonly used in 2008. Report also shows growth in number of asthma patients is compared to ten years earlier. MEPS data published Sept. 2011.

CDC Vaccine Contract Price List

The CDC Vaccine Contract Price List shows the vaccine cost for pediatric or adult vaccines (contract prices to CDC and private sector cost per dose). Vaccine prices for influenza, DTaP, Hepatitis A and B, Hib, HPV, Meningococcal, MMR, Pneumococcal, Rotavirus, Tetanus and Diphtheria, Varicella, and Zoster. Shows manufacturers Sanofi Pasteur, GSK Glaxo Smith Kline, Merck, Pfizer, Grifols, Seqirus USA, Dynavax, AstraZeneca. The most expensive is Pneumococcal 20-valent at $173 (CDC price) and $249 for private sector. The HPV – Human Papillomavirus 9-valent (Gardasil 9) is $159.773 (CDC contract price through June 2022), down almost 19% for a 3-month period), $253.60  per dose for private sector, up 6%. Updated April 1, 2022. Prices do not include doctor’s office visit cost.

Drugs – Average Cost (2019 MEPS report)

The average cost of prescribed drugs was estimated to be $1,955 in 2016 for those who had annual costs according to this 2019 MEPS report. This was up nearly 31% from 2009. Using medical inflation rates of 13% from 2016, $1,955 is about $2,210 in 2021 dollars. The median total expense was $326 ($368 in 2021 dollars). Average out of pocket expense for the year was $238 for those with prescribed medicines. The average out of pocket expenditure was $401 for those over 65 and $188 for those under 65. Overall median out of pocket was $51, as insurance covered more of the cost. Statistical Brief #522 by AHRQ (published May 2019) uses Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data.

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CEO PayWatch Database

CEO PayWatch database web site by the AFL-CIO permits searches to find CEO compensation in publicly traded companies. Can search by industry sector. Select View CEO Pay Data, then Health Care. Transparency of CEO pay. Many pharmaceutical company and other healthcare CEOs received over $20 million in 2020 compensation. Easy to use.

Consumer Reports Best Pharmacy Buying Guide and Survey

Best Pharmacy Buying Guide Survey of 78,000 members of Consumer Reports identifies satisfaction with pharmacies and how to save on drug costs. Independent pharmacies are compared to big chain pharmacies. Pharmacy waiting time and relationship with a trusted pharmacist are addressed in this survey. Members who went to independent pharmacies were more likely to report that the pharmacist suggested a lower-cost drug—21 percent—compared to only 9% reporting that chain pharmacists offered them a lower-price option. Best Pharmacy Buying Guide from the widely respected Consumer Reports. Survey updated December 2018

Healthcare Expenses for Seniors (MEPS)

Healthcare expenses for seniors are outlined in this MEPS report on Health Care Expenditures for the Elderly Age 65 and over. Median annual expenditures were $4,206 per person (about $5,507 in 2021 dollars). Average annual expenses for those with expense were $9,863 in 2011. Using medical inflation rates, $9,863 is about $12,915 in 2021 dollars. Medicare paid over 62% (up considerably from 10 years earlier); private insurance paid 16%; out-of-pocket amount declined to 12%. 96% of seniors had some healthcare expense, most often office-based care and prescribed medicines. Medications took up 22% of the total, averaging $76 per purchase. For seniors, the inpatient room rate averaged $3,199 per day (sticker shock, and nearly $4,200 in 2021 dollars); ER visit was $884 on average ($1,158 in 2021 dollars); office visit was $228. MEPS Statistical Brief #429 uses 2011 data, published Jan. 2014. Add about 31% to account for medical inflation to 2021.

URAC – searchable database of accredited and certified healthcare organizations

Search the URAC database of accredited and certified healthcare organizations. URAC is a nonprofit organization that performs accreditation and certification work. Its many accreditation programs include, among others, Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation, Pharmacy Benefit Management, Mail Service Pharmacy, Case Management, Health Call Centers, Health Utilization Management and Review, Telehealth, Telemedicine and Workers Compensation Management. This site may help employers determine which companies they want to consider as service providers. In addition, a few health insurance plans have also sought health plan accreditation from URAC.

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