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Why market competition has not brought down health care costs – Viewpoint

Why market competition has not brought down health care costs – Viewpoint

Compared with Canada’s single payer system, American doctors and hospitals have nearly twice as many administrative staff workers. So whether the ACA remains in force or it’s replaced by something else, I believe we won’t be able to control health costs until we revamp the system with something like single payer.

July 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
What tax breaks? Those promised in GOP plans go mostly to top 1%

What tax breaks? Those promised in GOP plans go mostly to top 1%

There’s much talk on Capitol Hill about the tax cuts included in the Republican health plans, but unless you are a frequent user of tanning beds or have personal wealth that puts you in the top 1 percent, you might not feel much effect from them.

July 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
Safe under the ACA, patients with preexisting conditions now fear bias

Safe under the ACA, patients with preexisting conditions now fear bias

With the protections of Obamacare in place, physicians in recent years have urged patients to be screened for a variety of diseases and predisposition to illness, feeling confident it would not affect their future insurability. But the results recorded on patients’ charts could haunt them, experts say.

June 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
CBO deals blow to Senate health bill with estimate of 22 million more uninsured

CBO deals blow to Senate health bill with estimate of 22 million more uninsured

Senate Republicans’ legislation to overhaul the Affordable Care Act would leave an additional 22 million people without health care coverage over the next decade and cut the federal deficit by $321 billion, according to a Congressional Budget Office analysisreleased late Monday.

June 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘Coverage gap’ for poor may end – but many will still have trouble affording plans

‘Coverage gap’ for poor may end – but many will still have trouble affording plans

Republicans claim their bill includes a fix for the so-called coverage gap left more than 2.5 million people living below the poverty line of $11,880 for an individual ineligible for Medicaid or financial assistance to buy insurance — even as higher earners got subsidy checks to buy theirs. But experts say the fix, which looks fine on paper, is a mirage.

June 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Promises made to protect preexisting conditions prove hollow in Senate bill

Promises made to protect preexisting conditions prove hollow in Senate bill

Senate Republicans praised the Affordable Care Act replacement bill they presented Thursday as preserving coverage for people with cancer, mental illness and other chronic illness. But the legislation may do no such thing, according to health law experts who have read it closely.

June 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Despite a growing appetite for flat-fee ‘direct primary care,’ Qliance clinics shutter in Seattle

Despite a growing appetite for flat-fee ‘direct primary care,’ Qliance clinics shutter in Seattle

After a pioneering practice in Seattle shut its doors earlier this month, some question whether “direct primary care,” as it’s called, can succeed.

June 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Descent into secrecy: Senate health talks speak to steady retreat from transparency

Descent into secrecy: Senate health talks speak to steady retreat from transparency

The extreme secrecy is without precedent, at least in creating health law. Still, it’s not hard to see how we got here — and there is plenty of bipartisan blame to go around.

June 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Explosion of tattooing, piercing tests state regulators

Explosion of tattooing, piercing tests state regulators

Health officials worry that unregulated body art studios may not follow safe practices, which can lead to scarring, nerve damage and infections, including hepatitis C, the leading cause of liver cancer in the U.S.

June 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Quantity over quality? Minorities shown to get an excess in ineffective care

Quantity over quality? Minorities shown to get an excess in ineffective care

Minority patients face a double whammy: Not only are they more likely to miss out on effective medical treatments than white patients, but they’re also more likely to receive an abundance of ineffective services.

June 9, 2017 | By | Reply More