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Analysis: Everyone says we must control exorbitant drug prices. So, why don’t we?

Analysis: Everyone says we must control exorbitant drug prices. So, why don’t we?

The White House has long been expected to issue an executive order on drug costs. But leaked documents show that deliberations have focused on things the industry wants, such as extending overseas patents and changing a drug-discount program for hospitals, and not so much on lowering prices.

September 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Medicaid has a bull’s-eye on its back, which means no one Is entirely safe

Medicaid has a bull’s-eye on its back, which means no one Is entirely safe

Although it started as a plan to cover only the poor, Medicaid now touches tens of millions of Americans who live above the poverty line. The program serves as a backstop for America’s scattershot health care system.

September 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
As care shifts from hospital to home, guarding against infection galls to families

As care shifts from hospital to home, guarding against infection galls to families

As more medical care shifts from hospital to home, families take on more complex, risky medical tasks for their loved ones. But hospitals have not done enough to help these families, said Dr. Amy Billett, director of quality and safety at the cancer and blood disorders center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Boston Children’s Hospital.

September 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Trump’s deadline on ‘Dreamers’ reverberates through health industries

Trump’s deadline on ‘Dreamers’ reverberates through health industries

There are no firm statistics showing how many Dreamers work in the health care sector, but industry leaders suggested that DACA’s end could have an impact, especially among medical students and home health aides. Multiple health care groups denounced the administration’s move.

September 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Want to fix America’s health care? First, focus on food – viewpoint

Want to fix America’s health care? First, focus on food – viewpoint

Food is the number one cause of poor health in America. Poor diet is not just about individual choice, but about the systems that make eating poorly the default for most Americans. If we want to cut down on disease and achieve meaningful health care reform, we should make it a top priority to address our nation’s nutrition crisis.

September 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Uninsured rate falls to record low of 8.8%

Uninsured rate falls to record low of 8.8%

Three years after the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion took effect, the number of Americans without health insurance fell to 28.1 million in 2016, down from 29 million in 2015, according to a federal report released Tuesday.

September 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
How we can find common ground on health care – Sen. Patty Murray

How we can find common ground on health care – Sen. Patty Murray

Democrats and Republicans actually agree on many solutions when it comes to stabilizing markets and preventing premium increases. Rather than wasting time on issues that divide us, we should prioritize finding common ground and moving the ball in the right direction.

September 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
How below-the-radar mergers fuel health care monopolies

How below-the-radar mergers fuel health care monopolies

A new study finds that 22 percent of markets for primary care doctors, surgeons, cardiologists and other specialties were “highly concentrated” in 2013. That means that a lack of competitors substantially increased those doctors’ ability to raise prices without losing customers.

September 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Often missing in the health care debate: women’s voices

Often missing in the health care debate: women’s voices

As leaders in Washington discussed the future of American health care, women were not always allowed in the room. To hammer out (behind closed doors) the Senate’s initial version of a bill to replace Obamacare, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appointed 12 colleagues, all male.

August 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Doctors warm to single-payer health care

Doctors warm to single-payer health care

Fifty-six percent of doctors registered either strong support or were somewhat supportive of a single-payer health system. In a 2008 survey, opinions ran the opposite way — 58 percent opposed single-payer. What’s changed?

August 16, 2017 | By | Reply More