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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R.-S.C., left, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pictured Sept. 26, 2017 before the vote on Graham’s bill to gut Obamacare. Like others before it, the bill failed. Andrew Harnik/AP

Short-term health plans: A junk solution to a real problem

The Trump administration's latest effort to undermine the Affordable Care Act is the expansion of short-term insurance plans. But these shorter plans are also short on real benefits.
Corruption in the health sector in Nigeria takes many forms. RTI International/Ruth McDowall

Corruption in the Nigerian health sector has many faces. How to fix it

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.

The Bezos-Buffett-Dimon health care venture: Eliminate the middlemen

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.
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

Hospitals hit back on drug pricing, but will they knock out the problem?

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?
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

Trump isn’t letting Obamacare die; he’s trying to kill it

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.
The cells inside this bioreactor are the real pharmaceutical factories. Sanofi Pasteur

Biologics: The pricey drugs transforming medicine

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.
Decreased regulation has failed to reduce the growing administrative burden of health care. Valeri Potapova/Shutterstock.com

Why market competition has not brought down health care costs

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? From www.shutterstock.com

The patients 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. from www.shutterstock.com.au

New study shows more time walking means less time in hospital

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. Jonathan Bachman/REUTERS

Trump wants to change Medicaid funding; could his ideas work?

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?

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