Election stories made up the bulk of the health care news this week. Other great gems and intriguing developments surfaced, though, so let’s get to it.
Seven in 10 people list health care as “very important” as they make their voting choices, eclipsing economy, gun policy, immigration and foreign policy.
Since the beginning of last year, 34 lawmakers have each received more than $100,000 from pharmaceutical companies.
Top stories from this week on health, health care and health policy.
Babies born 10 miles apart can see a life expectancy difference of almost 33 years.
Insurance coverage up, smoking down, but little change in physical activity and obesity levels are among the findings.
It’s hard to believe anything happened this week other than the hearing for Supreme Court nominee but there actually was some health-related news, as well.
A split is growing between cities that want to require private companies to give workers paid sick days and states that are determined to stop them.
Some patients whose comments were submitted to the federal government to oppose a change in drug payment policy have no memory of writing or signing the comments.
Doctors running as Democrats are campaigning hard on the need to reform the health care system. They present a stark contrast to Congress’ current physician makeup.
When a hospital and an insurer do not agree on a price. The hospital can sometime demands that patients pay the difference, in a practice called balance billing.
Evangelical activist Shepherd Smith has spent decades cultivating relationships with leading AIDS policymakers to promote abstinence-only sex education.
The centers started as low-cost alternatives for minor surgeries. They now outnumber hospitals, and regulators OK’d ever-widening array of outpatient procedures
Critics argue that work requirements would cause many with chronic health conditions to lose health insurance, making them less likely to ever hold down a job.
Conservative nonprofits are funneling “dark money” — difficult-to-trace funds behind TV ads, phone calls, and other efforts used to influence politics.