Lukas Haeder, the author’s son, on his birthday.
A routine childbirth proves expensive and complicated. Insurance company adjustments, inconsistent billing and mystery costs flummoxed even a health policy expert and his wife, a teacher.
Corruption in the health sector in Nigeria takes many forms.
RTI International/Ruth McDowall
Corruption in Nigeria's health sector can be eliminated by the implementation of a few simple strategies.
Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway, Jeff Bezos of Amazon and Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase created a health venture in January.
AP File Photos.
Noted physician and author Atul Gawande was named CEO of a new health care venture aimed at cutting costs and improving care. But the most important man to keep an eye on in this effort isn't Gawande. It's the middleman.
A plastic surgery-themed magazine is displayed in a Brazil storefront.
Who's really benefiting from a health care system that provides free or low-cost plastic surgeries for the poor?
Heather Bresch, CEO of Mylan, holds two EpiPens as she testified before Congress Sept. 21, 2016 about rising costs of the drug.
AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais
The rising costs of generic drugs have led to outcries. In a search for solutions, four hospital systems are proposing to make drugs on their own. Could their idea work?
Poor diet hurts our health and our wallets.
Poor diet kills hundreds of thousands per year. If we want to achieve meaningful health care reform, we need to address our nation's nutrition crisis.
Some specialists charge a premium because they claim to be exceptional in their field. But how are patients to know if that’s true?
To work out how to reduce the out-of-pocket costs for specialist care, we first need to identify why they are so high.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) cast the pivotal vote to nix the Senate version of a bill to repeal Obamacare, only days after returning to Washington after surgery.
AP Photo/Cliff Owen
After the Senate nixed a repeal of Obamacare, Pres. Trump turned to Twitter, vowing to let the law die. But he's actually doing much more. Here's how he's taking an active part in destroying the law.
Health care makes up a sizable portion of U.S. GDP.
Nearly one-fifth of US GDP is spent on health care. Where does all of that money go?
The cells inside this bioreactor are the real pharmaceutical factories.
Rather than being designed by chemists, this class of pharmaceuticals is produced by living cells. Here's where they come from and how they work.
If your baby has a rare disease, should we put a limit on how much to spend on the drug that may save her?
Specialty prescription drugs are responsible for countless medical miracles, but their high price tag is the main reason health care costs are out of control.
Decreased regulation has failed to reduce the growing administrative burden of health care.
GOP lawmakers say their bills to replace the Affordable Care Act would do a better job than the ACA of controlling rising health care costs, but 40 years of deregulation show it just won't work.
An empty wheelchair – or is there a person there we do not see?
For many of the nation's poor, food and shelter are more important than health care. Questions of insurance coverage loom broadly, but another question lingers: how to treat the poor we do not see.
If all the over-55s got walking, we could save almost $2 billion in health care costs each year.
Walking has been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease, bowel and breast cancers, osteoporosis and diabetes. New data shows it also reduces the need for hospital care.
A patient who relied on Medicaid and a nurse in Mississippi.
President Trump has proposed a major funding shift for Medicaid, the joint federal-state program that pays for health care for about 75 million poor people. Would the safety net fray if he did so?
Patients are an important part of improving health care quality; doctors can't make good decisions for patients by themselves. Here are some things you can do to help take care of yourself.
Focusing on price instead of drug information could put patients at risk.
Every day, more discount pharmacy stores and chains are opening and assaulting health-care consumers with the “we are cheaper” message.
Bernie Sanders fans gather at a recent rally in support of universal coverage in Colorado.
The Associated Press
As Obamacare premium prices rise, many are asking why the U.S. doesn't have universal health care in the first place. The reasons may surprise you.