Americans now spend twice as much on health care as they did in the 1980s

The average American household spent almost $5,000 per person on health care last year. That’s a 101% increase from the roughly $2,500 per person that Americans spent about 34 years ago in 1984, according to an analysis of the Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditures Survey by data company Clever. To make accurate comparisons, Clever adjusted all dollar amounts for inflation. It’s perhaps not surprising that health care expenses have risen over the past three decades. But the main driver of the increase is not drug costs or medical services. In…

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How a newspaper ad and Rs 5 lakh investment set this entrepreneur on Rs 50 Cr journey in chemicals manufacturing

In 2002, Bengaluru-based entrepreneur Srinivas M saw a newspaper ad about the MSME Ministry conducting a training session for chemical manufacturing. Srinivas was a chemical trader at the time, and thought it would be a good opportunity to start manufacturing chemical products himself. “I saw this a way into a manufacturing sector that could pay me dividends much more than a trading business ever could. I decided to seize this opportunity, and enrolled myself in the programme,” he says. Srinivas was about to enter the chemicals industry that has grown over the years, touching $163…

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Can LIC’s investments in public sector units hurt policyholders?

In the last five years, Life Insurance Corp. of India’s (LIC) investments in state-run banks and the government’s disinvestment programme have almost doubled, according to news reports. Moreover, of the total investments made by LIC worth ₹26.6 trillion, as of March 2019, ₹22.6 trillion went into the public sector and only ₹4 trillion went into the private sector, showed data from the Reserve Bank of India. While this may work in favour of some of the public sector undertakings (PSUs), it’s not clear how it will impact the customers of the insurer. Disha Sanghvi asks experts how this might affect…

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Healthy food, lifestyle can prevent heart disease: Dr Yadvinder

STATE TIMES NEWS AMRITSAR: Amandeep Medicity organised an awareness programme on the occasion of World Heart Day here. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Yadvinder Singh, Director and Head, Department of Cardiovascular Diseases, Amandeep Medicity, said “Due to our wrong habits, we have filled so much stress in our life that diseases have surrounded us all around.” While enumerating the reasons for growth of heart diseases among people, he said that people have reduced physical work, do not exercise, eating outside junk food, fried and oily food, smoking, sedentary lifestyle etc.…

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Why You Should Treat Retirement Like A Startup Business

Have you ever worried if you’ll run out of money? Can you imagine a point where you might wonder how you might bring in that next dollar? Are you thinking you might have to cut expenses in order to stay afloat? Who do these anxieties describe? An entrepreneur? A retiree? Trick question! It’s both! More and more financial experts now recognize the similarity between living a comfortable retirement and running a sustainable business. And if you’re thinking of retirement, you just might want to pay attention to what they say.…

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Here Are Seven Interesting Startups That Deliver Lifestyle Gains In The Residential Space

We’ve discussed the topic of real estate-as-a-service in this column enough that all readers will by now know what I’m talking about. Providing the right services to end users of real estate (be they residential tenants, office workers, or shoppers) has two very positive outcomes: greater customer satisfaction which increases their retention rates and possibly also the asset’s rent roll, as well as the possibility to tap into new revenue streams by bringing other services the customers also desire in situ. In the past, we looked at a few ways successful startups are leveraging…

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