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Health Care Costs

Heading To Mexico - For Cheaper Health Care

Reuters | Tim Gaynor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NACO, Mexico (Reuters) - Retired police officer Bob Ritz has health insurance that covers his medical and dental care in the United States. But every...

Yes, We're Still Counting

Jan Herman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jan Herman

At the moment the cost of U.S. wars over the past nine years is closing in on $900 billion. Health care reform would cost an estimated $900 billion to $1 trillion over the next 10 years.

What if Those Crazies Are Right?

Stanton Peele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stanton Peele

Americans are looking for a bail-out from reality - some actions the President and Congress can take to restore the United States to its former econom...

Bartering For Health Care On The Rise

AP | TOM MURPHY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Cash, check or a cord of wood for that doctor visit? As health care costs climb, old-fashioned bartering has seen brisk growth since the economy soure...

Why Aren't Progressive Groups Protesting Obama's Back-Room Deal with Big Pharma?

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Progressives were outraged when the Bush administration banned Medicare from negotiating for lower drug prices. It's time for outrage when the Obama administration does the same.

Health Care and the Unborn: Why We Need Free Prenatal Care

Dan Agin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Agin

Are we a people who would rather compromise our children than compromise our bank accounts?

When "Yes We Can!" Meets "No We Won't!"

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

If the Democrats in Congress don't find a way to become co-advocates with the president on these important issues, their future political problems will be the least of it.

Doctors Reap Benefits Of Useless Care

Washington Post | Shankar Vedantam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In August 2005, doctors at Urological Associates, a medical practice on the Iowa-Illinois border, ordered nine CT scans for patients covered by Wellma...

U.S. Pays $2.5 Trillion For Care Costing $912 Billion | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The last time a president tried to overhaul U.S. health care, Americans were spending $912 billion on the system and 40 million were uninsured. Today ...

No August Recess for Congress

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles J. Zaremski

Obama said in July that 14,000 Americans a day are losing health care insurance coverage. So during the time our elected officials want to vacation, 434,000 more Americans will lose coverage.

Krugman: Controlling Health Costs, Expanding Access Aren't Opposing Alternatives | PAUL KRUGMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The talking heads on cable TV panned President Obama's Wednesday press conference. You see, he didn't offer a lot of folksy anecdotes. Shame on the...

Congress Is Behaving as if the Health Care System Isn't in Tatters

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

We are either going to get no health care reform or watered-down health care legislation that acts as a bandage, helping some people but ignoring the larger problem creating the pain.

Governors Balk Over Emerging Health Bill Because Of Cost

New York Times | KEVIN SACK and ROBERT PEAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The nation's governors, Democrats as well as Republicans, voiced deep concern Sunday about the shape of the health care bill emerging from Congress, ...

Sam Stein

GOP Scoffed At CBO Score For Iraq That Was Twice The Cost Of Health Care | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Testimony from Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf that preliminary versions of health care legislation lack effective cost-contain...

Health Care Costs Take Enormous Toll On Small Businesses | SIMONA COVEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

For entrepreneurs trying to start or run a business, the obstacles are huge. But few loom as large as one: health care. For years, small businesses...

While Lobbyists Lament Rationing, Some Patients Want It

Francine Hardaway | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Francine Hardaway

The rant about rationing is designed to make consumers feel that no one will be able to get in to see a doctor under a public plan and make efforts at real health care reform fail.

Get Checkups Or Lose Your Insurance | ANNA WILDE MATHEWS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Last year, AmeriGas Propane Inc. gave its employees an ultimatum: get their medical checkups, or lose their health insurance. The nationwide propan...

Study: Americans Struggle To Pay For Health Care, With 40 Percent Delaying Treatments Or Services

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON - Americans are struggling to pay for healthcare in the ongoing economic recession, with a quarter saying they have had trouble in the past...

Who Is the Most Important Stakeholder in Health Care?

Roni Zeiger | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Roni Zeiger

Consumers need to be part of the health care conversation and doctors and patients alike need better access to basic data about what works and what doesn't.

When Healthcare Solutions Become Problems

John Kenagy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Kenagy

The transformation of healthcare starts and ends with the patient. We can't think our way to a new way of acting; we must act our way to a new way of thinking.

The Rally to Reform Health Care and Its Costs

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles J. Zaremski

Research suggests that cost and quality are inversely proportional. Are we surprised?

Recession Pushing Cost of Drugs Out of Reach | KEVIN SACK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

OCKY MOUNT, N.C. -- A year or so ago, when customers buttonholed the pharmacists at Almand's Drug Store here the questions were invariably about dosin...

Health Care Costs: Eroding Your Wages

The Atlantic Business Channel | By Derek Thompson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

This amazing graph bouncing around the web is the most striking example of why health care reform isn't just about reforming care. It's about reformin...

Is the Insurance Industry Getting Behind Comparative Effectiveness Research?

Arlene Holt Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Arlene Holt Baker

This week many watched as the president joined with the largest associations of insurers and doctors to acknowledge the excessive costs of health care...

Obama, Business Leaders Discuss Health Care Costs

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is hearing from corporate leaders about programs they are using to trim health care costs. The president sa...