Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida may have the largest program.

Alternate HEALTHCARE Solution: Gift Cards Health care companies are rolling out a different sort of stocking stuffer: Gift cards which you can use to pay bills and insurance premiums or for specific providers at eyesight doctors and dentist offices. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida may have the largest program, selling cards at over 1,000 Winn-Dixie and CVS shops in the state. The providers selling them state they can make an excellent gift, but sector observers say some cards may not be right for most consumers . ‘The person can make the decision on where you can use it. That is really the gift of it,’ said Sue Allen, a spokeswoman for Holy Family Memorial Health Network, a Wisconsin hospital and clinic chain that offers gift cards.

Also in global wellness news: HIV/AIDS in Bangladesh; river blindness in Tanzania; potential immune system booster; compounds may fight TB U.S. Commits $13M To Fight HIV/AIDS In Bangladesh reports on a new $13 million U.S.-government initiative aimed at ‘providing HIV-prevention solutions to two million at-risk people in Bangladesh including injecting drug users, male, female and transgender sex workers and their clients, and HIV-positive people through a network of 50 wellness centres.’ USAID will partner with Family Health International to implement the program . NewsHour Examines River Blindness In Tanzania For the second piece in a three-component series, PBS’ NewsHour examines initiatives to combat onchocerciasis, referred to as river blindness also, in Tanzania, including a recent effort, which led to a ‘dramatic drop’ in the amount of cases of the disease.