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Rising Health Care Costs

Massachusetts Tackles Next Phase of Health Care Reform: Controlling Costs

Wendell Potter | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

While lawmakers in Washington and state capitals continue to obsess about Obamacare, Massachusetts legislators have focused their attention on the next phase of reform: health care costs.

When Doctors Become Salesmen, Patients Pay the Price

David Magee | Posted 02.04.2014 | Business
David Magee

I ran the numbers. My 20 percent co-pay on their inflated price was more than I would have paid had I bought it online and left my insurance company out of it. It gnawed at me.

Are You Paying Way Too Much for Your Medications?

David Belk | Posted 12.14.2013 | Healthy Living
David Belk

If you're taking prescription medications and you have insurance, maybe you feel pretty lucky when all you have to do is pay a "small" copay each time you get a new bottle of pills. But are you? Believe it or not, many people with insurance often pay far too much for their prescriptions.

Price Tags on Medical Procedures to Stimulate Competition

Allen Frances | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Allen Frances

An enemy intent on ruining the U.S. economy and sabotaging our public health could do no better than burden us with our current system of health care.

Paying Cash for Kids and Cancer

Kelsey Timmerman | Posted 09.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Kelsey Timmerman

It's possible that to have a nickel-sized spot of cancer cut from my head will cost us more than the birth of our second child. I doubt I've got it in me to ask the surgeon to go without a local anesthetic, but maybe I will bring my own bandages and painkiller to cut down on costs.

Heart Health Costs Set To Reach Unbelievable New Heights

Reuters | Posted 06.24.2013 | Fifty

* Heart failure costs to more than double by 2030 * Number of those with ailment to rise to 8 mln from 5 mln * Heart gro...

Twisted Logic on Capitol Hill Where 'Congressional Hearing' Often Isn't

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

As the video of the hearing shows, instead of allowing me to explain how common industry practices contribute to the dwindling number of small businesses being able to offer coverage, Rep. Blackburn gave me only one-third of one minute to talk when it was her turn to ask questions.

UPDATE: Radical Health Care Plan Changes Coming For Some Workers

Posted 09.27.2012 | Business

Two major employers are offering workers more control over their health benefits, a switch that could mean less coverage. Sears and Darden Restaur...

Where Has Spending Skyrocketed For Boomers? You May Be Surprised

Laura Rowley | Posted 11.17.2012 | Fifty
Laura Rowley

A new study by the National Center For Policy Analysis looks at how spending among baby boomers has changed in the last 20 years, in an effort to understand why they aren't saving more for retirement. What category saw the biggest change in spending?

Americans Hoarding Medication To Save Money

Posted 09.13.2012 | Business

With a sluggish job market and slow wage growth, Americans are cutting back on everything, including something many consider a necessity: health care....

The Marie Antoinette Syndrome

Peter W. Cookson, Jr. | Posted 12.17.2011 | Politics
Peter W. Cookson, Jr.

The facts about real America are frightening: the last time we were a more unequal society was during the Age of the Robber Barons.

By 2020, Health Care Spending To Cost Nearly $14,000 Per Person: Report

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 09.27.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The nation's health care tab is on track to hit $4.6 trillion in 2020, accounting for about $1 of every $5 in the economy, governme...