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How a shutdown might affect your health

How a shutdown might affect your health

A government shutdown would have far-reaching effects for public health, including the nation’s response to the current, difficult flu season. It could also disrupt some federally supported health services.

January 20, 2018 | By | Reply More
If poor neighborhood = poor Health, relocation is one solution – Video

If poor neighborhood = poor Health, relocation is one solution – Video

Research confirms that moving families into less segregated neighborhoods improves overall health, and some communities are giving families vouchers to relocate.

January 17, 2018 | By | Reply More
A poor neighborhood in Chicago looks to Cuba to fight infant mortality

A poor neighborhood in Chicago looks to Cuba to fight infant mortality

Cuba, a poor country, may seem an unlikely role model for American health care but its infant mortality rate, at 4.3 per 1,000, is lower than the United States’ 5.7 per 1,000 and much better than the rate of 14.5 per 1000 rate seen in the Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, comparable to war-torn Syria.

January 10, 2018 | By | Reply More
A prescription for reducing wasted health care spending

A prescription for reducing wasted health care spending

Wasted Medicine: A ProPublica series has illustrated the many ways the U.S. health care system leaks money. Health care leaders and policymakers suggest ways to plug the holes.

December 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Canada’s single-payer health system: What’s true? What’s false?

Canada’s single-payer health system: What’s true? What’s false?

Canada will spend about 11.5 percent of its gross domestic product on health care this year. The United States will spend almost twice that, 18 percent. Yet life expectancy in Canada is greater than that seen in the US.

December 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Congress won’t act; now community health centers weigh closures

Congress won’t act; now community health centers weigh closures

Unless Congress provides funding before the end of the year, many of the nation’s 9,800 community health clinics will face service cuts or closure — potentially crippling a vital part of the health system that provides care in poor and underserved communities across every state.

December 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
When buying prescription drugs, some pay more with insurance than without it

When buying prescription drugs, some pay more with insurance than without it

Patrik Swanljung of Anacortes, Washingtonn handed his Medicare prescription card to the pharmacist at his local Walgreens and was told that he owed $83.94 for a three-month supply. Alarmed at that price, Swanljung went online and found Blink Health, a start-up, offering the same drug — generic Crestor — for $45.89.

December 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Your plumber offers a money-back guarantee. Should your doctor?

Your plumber offers a money-back guarantee. Should your doctor?

You wouldn’t pay a mechanic for a faulty muffler or a restaurant for spoiled food. If you did, you would expect a refund. But the same arrangement between buyer and seller hasn’t historically existed in medical care. Some argue that maybe it should.

December 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
A hospital charged $1,877 to pierce a 5-year-old’s ears

A hospital charged $1,877 to pierce a 5-year-old’s ears

Experts estimate the U.S. health care system wastes $765 billion annually — about a quarter of all the money that’s spent. Of that, an estimated $210 billion goes to unnecessary or needlessly expensive care.

November 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Taken for a ride? Ambulances stick patients with surprise bills

Taken for a ride? Ambulances stick patients with surprise bills

One patient got a $3,600 bill for a 4-mile ride. Another was charged $8,460 for a trip from one California hospital that could not handle his case to a facility that could. Still another found herself marooned at an out-of-network hospital, where she’d been taken by ambulance without her consent.

November 21, 2017 | By | Reply More