As larger percentages of the U.S. population become infected, a study shows how direct medical expenses for treating COVID-19 will rise. Those costs will come back to everyone.
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Reopening state economies too soon risks a second wave of the pandemic, and a surge in medical costs. Anyone who pays insurance premiums and taxes will be picking up the tab.
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson thanks National Health Service workers for saving his life.
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In the UK, nobody collects patients' insurance information or credit card details. There's simply no charge for services, including doctor visits, ambulances and hospitalizations.
President Donald Trump pictured with HHS Secretary Alex Azar on June 24, 2019, after signing initial legislation to require hospitals to reveal their prices.
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Would you buy a pair of shoes without knowing the price? Consumers have bought medical care from hospitals for years without knowing the costs, but new regulations will change that.
Several Democrats running for president in 2020 support some version of Medicare for all.
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There's a very simple way to give Medicare to all: delete six words from the legislation that created the program in 1965.
Health care has become a major talking point in the 2020 election.
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Presidential candidates have been proposing plans to expand health coverage, lower prescription drug costs and make hospital bills more transparent. But few get to the real problem. Here's why.
Dr. Paul Davis shows President Trump a surprise $17,000 medical bill his daughter received, while Trump spoke to reporters about surprise medical bills at the White House on May 9, 2019.
President Trump has been backing transparency in hospital pricing so that consumers can compare prices. But will that help when the real deals are done in secret?
Are you ready for this?
How willing are people to accept medical care from a robot or an automated system? It depends on the procedure – and the price.
Electronic medical records can be costly and time-consuming.
Electronic medical records were supposed to improve health care. Are they doing that? Two doctors describe the problems.
Having cancer is bad enough, and dealing with the costs and confusion of billing systems makes things harder.
A cancer diagnosis is one of the scariest of all. The pain and fear are worsened by a confusing landscape of bills, opaque billing systems and changing insurance rules, rates and reimbursements.
More data may be key to disrupting health care.
The president should use his penchant for shaking up the status quo to tackle the genuine crisis in health care.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?