Matthew Bartels MD

Why Do Drugs Cost So Much?

Why Do Drugs Cost So Much? And What Can We Do? By Mona Chitre and Matthew Bartels In the United States, the average price of brand-name drugs has increased 98.2 percent since 2011, according to Express Scripts, a pharmacy benefit management company that partners with health insurers such as Univera Healthcare. Unlike other countries, the U.S. permits drugmakers to set their prices, with few restri... »

Get Screened for Colon Cancer or Gamble with Your Life

Upstate New Yorkers risking their lives by not being screened for colon cancer Tens of thousands of adults in upstate New York are gambling with their health by choosing not to be screened for colon cancer, according to research findings issued today by Univera Healthcare. Colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death among adults in the United States. “Each year in upstate New York, 2,... »

Superbugs Affecting Upstate New Yorkers

  Did you know? Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are infecting an estimated 30,000 upstate New Yorkers each year and causing about $300 million in excess health care spending and potentially 350 deaths, according to research by Univera Healthcare. View an infographic on antibiotic use at or click on the image to the right to enlarge. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria resul... »