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Few young doctors training to care for the elderly

Few young doctors training to care for the elderly

By Kara Lofton, West Virginia Public Broadcasting Kaiser Health News At Edgewood Summit retirement community in Charleston, W.Va., 93-year-old Mary Mullens is waxing eloquent about her geriatrician, Dr. Todd Goldberg. “He’s sure got a lot to do,” she said, “and does it so well.” West Virginia has the third oldest population in the nation, right […]

July 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Obama renews call for a public option

Obama renews call for a public option

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News President Barack Obama Monday called on Congress to revisit the controversial idea of providing a government-run insurance plan as part of the offerings under the Affordable Care Act. The so-called “public option” was jettisoned from the health law by a handful of conservative Democrats in the Senate in 2009. […]

July 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
NIH’s Fauci on combatting Zika: ‘You have to have the resources to act quickly’

NIH’s Fauci on combatting Zika: ‘You have to have the resources to act quickly’

By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez Kaiser Health News Every day there are headlines about the Zika virus. The number of travel-related cases is growing, and public health officials — especially in states such as Florida, which could be among the hardest hit — predict it is only a matter of time until the first locally transmitted […]

July 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
Racism, injustice and public health – Viewpoint

Racism, injustice and public health – Viewpoint

By Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer Public Health – Seattle & King County The horrible violence of the past week, with the killing of black men by police officers in Baton Rouge and Minneapolis and of white police officers protecting peaceful demonstrators in Dallas, revolting and deeply offending to all, and has left us feeling […]

July 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
Sounds Like A Good Idea? Regulate Drug Prices

Sounds Like A Good Idea? Regulate Drug Prices

By Julie Rovner and Francis Ying This is the second in a series of videos about health care promises from presidential candidates that “sound like a good idea.” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News explores why proposals to regulate drug prices may not be such a good idea after all. For more information, see: Earlier […]

July 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
Inaccurate provider lists a major barrier to care, study

Inaccurate provider lists a major barrier to care, study

By Emily Bazar Kaiser Health News Provider directories for some health plans sold through Covered California and in the private market are so inaccurate that they create an “awful” situation for consumers trying to find doctors, according to the lead author of a new study published in the journal Health Affairs. In the study, “secret shoppers” […]

July 10, 2016 | By | Reply More
Doctors quick to change practice for breast cancer patients, study

Doctors quick to change practice for breast cancer patients, study

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Doctors cling to comfortable, widely used medical practices, even if they’re no longer particularly effective, right? A new study disputes that popular perception. In the case of a particular breast cancer treatment at least, many physicians quickly abandoned it after a clinical trial showed it was ineffective.

July 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
High copays for brand-name drugs soak Medicare D patients, study

High copays for brand-name drugs soak Medicare D patients, study

By Rachel Bluth Kaiser Health News A new study takes a fresh measure of generic drugs’ price advantages, revealing how much more Medicare Part D patients shelled out in copayments for two popular brand-name drugs in 2013. The result: 10.5 times more. Copayments averaged $42 for both Crestor, a cholesterol medication, and Nexium, taken for […]

July 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
If you want to spend a bundle on your bundle of joy, go to Northern California

If you want to spend a bundle on your bundle of joy, go to Northern California

By Jenny Gold Kaiser Health News Everyone knows that real estate is no bargain in Northern California. It turns out that giving birth ain’t cheap either. New research on the cost of childbirth in the nation’s 30 largest metropolitan areas ranks Sacramento and San Francisco as the two most expensive for both vaginal delivery and […]

July 6, 2016 | By | Reply More
Young adults can face challenges to health enrollment

Young adults can face challenges to health enrollment

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News The Obama administration is making a push to get young adults covered on the health insurance marketplaces, both for their own good and that of the marketplaces, which need healthy people to balance sicker ones in the risk pool. While experts applaud the beefed up outreach planned for the coming months, they […]

July 5, 2016 | By | Reply More