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Here Are The Countries Spending The Most On Health Care

24/7 Wall St. | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 11.06.2015 | Business

Globally, health care spending has increased dramatically since 1980. However, while health care spending increased faster than the economic growth in...

The New Science of Stress: What You Need to Know

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 10.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

It's time for us to start having a more balanced conversation about stress. While chronic stress exists and isn't good for our mental or physical health, there is so much more to the stress story than "stress is bad."

Does It Really Cost 2.6 Billion to Fund a New Drug?

Jacqueline Dooley | Posted 10.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Jacqueline Dooley

Pharmaceutical companies had a chance to be part of the solution -- they could have innovated amazing cures. They could have worked to solve major health care crises and earned a place of honor among the world's greatest problem solvers. Instead they chose profit over humanity.

Dear America, Don't Get Sick

Jacqueline Dooley | Posted 09.06.2015 | Parents
Jacqueline Dooley

I'm sitting here at the very bottom of the medical food chain wondering why it's not illegal for pharmaceutical companies to price gauge the products that save our lives. If the price of my daughter's medication wasn't so high, would we have the drugs in hand quicker?

A 'Perverse' Marketplace for Prescription Drugs

Albert Einstein College of Medicine | Posted 08.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

We're talking about drugs whose costs have been paid for and whose benefits are needed by real people right now. The Bottom Line: patients should not be paying inflated prices for drugs they desperately need.

Don't Expect Your Fancy New Hospital to Improve Family Cohesive Care

Nick Hall | Posted 05.04.2015 | Business
Nick Hall

A couple of years ago I was on a work trip in California, and while most of the country was still in the economic doldrums, I noticed quite a bit of new construction taking place. Upon closer inspection I realized that many of these buildings were going to become new hospitals.

Mind the Gap: Healthcare Costs Are Unaffordable for People With Intellectual Disabilities

Janet Froetscher | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact
Janet Froetscher

People with intellectual disabilities get less and lower quality health care -- or no health care. They experience much higher rates of preventable disease, chronic pain and premature death.

Medicare Reform: Scrap the SGR and Use Markets to Control Costs

Hadley Heath | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
Hadley Heath

Competition for the biggest waste of time in Washington is fierce, but certainly the annual "doc fix" exercise deserves to be in the running.

Price Transparency Won't Work

Deane Waldman | Posted 12.28.2014 | Politics
Deane Waldman

"Price transparency" drags out into the open a number, price or charge, that has no real meaning in healthcare. In other activities, the price is what the consumer pays to the seller.

Winning in November by Defending the Affordable Care Act Now

David Coates | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
David Coates

Lindsey Graham's recent warning that Republicans might yet push for a presidential impeachment serves to demonstrate, if further demonstration was still required, just how brutal Washington politics could get if his party ends up in control of both Houses of Congress after the mid-term elections in November.

Medicare Can Pay For Transgender Recipients' Gender Confirmation Surgeries: Feds

AP | Posted 06.02.2014 | Business

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Transgender people receiving Medicare may no longer be automatically denied coverage for sex reassignment surgeries, a U.S. Dep...

The Trouble With Healthcare Startups

Dan Lambert | Posted 07.28.2014 | Technology
Dan Lambert

US healthcare system costs have ballooned out of control. Bloomberg News predicts that by 2021, healthcare spending will reach 20% of the total US economy. If there was ever a time for healthcare disruption, it's now.

3 Words Could Save Billions in Healthcare Costs

Shar McBee | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Shar McBee

The question is this: Are our elected officials locked in a conventional view of the way things work, at our expense? Are they stuck with selfish motives and preconceived ideas? Or can they recognize true solutions?

Can Obamacare Fix Obama's Care?

David H. Newman, M.D. | Posted 04.02.2014 | Healthy Living
David H. Newman, M.D.

In early 2010, Barack Obama saw the White House physician. This, the presidential check-up, may be an ideal symbol -- and a starting point -- for what ails American medicine.

Save Money on Health Care: The Benefits of an HSA

SaveUp | Posted 04.01.2014 | Money

An HSA is one aspect of an overall healthcare strategy that can be a helpful planning tool and help you save money on the high costs of health care.

What Amazon Can Teach Us About Healthcare

Dr. Raz Winiarsky | Posted 03.25.2014 | Business
Dr. Raz Winiarsky

How could the same knee surgery cost $5,000 when performed by one surgeon, and $25,000 by a similarly trained surgeon only a few miles away? More importantly, how does the average medical consumer make sense of this discrepancy? He doesn't.

Gut Reaction: New Predictor of Cardiovascular Disease Trumps Cholesterol

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 03.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

Recent research indicates that there is a third party in our relationship with food that dramatically influences a myriad of processes including digestion, energy extraction and metabolism. This is the bacterial population that colonizes our gut.

Obamacare vs. the French Health Care System

Nake M. Kamrany | Posted 01.10.2014 | Money
Nake M. Kamrany

While Obamacare may not be replicating the French health care system, it seems that its goals are similar, but unfortunately remain unaffordable. Therefore, it is necessary for its policies to promote those goals and make them affordable.

Study: Cutting Food Stamps Would Cost, Not Save

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

Proposed slashes to monthly food stamp programs could cost more than they save, suggests a University of California, San Francisco study linking limit...

Placebo Surgery: More Effective Than You Think?

David H. Newman, M.D. | Posted 03.09.2014 | Healthy Living
David H. Newman, M.D.

To be sure, many conditions require surgery, and surgical procedures have contributed to important increases in longevity and quality of life in industrialized settings. But the few sham surgery trials that have been done have likely uncovered the tip of the iceberg.

Population Health: Transforming Health Care to Improve Our Health

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 02.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Unless we change behaviors and the environments people live and work in there will be limited impact on the economic burden a society and a community face. In other words, we can't afford to still primarily focus on medical care.

Conservatives unpatriotically root for Obamacare failure

Dale Hansen | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The mainstream media has been obsessed with comparing the Affordable Care Act (affectionately known as Obamacare) with various failures by the previou...

Obamacare: The Good News, the Bad News, the Same Old News

Brian Joyce | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Brian Joyce

There was good news last week and bad news last week when it comes to the Affordable Care Act, and weirdly enough, for the first time possibly ever, it was the same news.

The Long View on Health Insurance Reform

Mary Buffett | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mary Buffett

Much has been written about the rough rollout of Obamacare. It's been front page news for the past month as every piece of the Healthcare Exchange ro...

Is This The Real Reason Healthcare Is So Expensive?

Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

By Susan E. Matthews If the U.S. healthcare system was its own country, it would have the fifth largest GDP in the world, according to a report...