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The USAID’s Feed the Future program encourages farmers to use mobile money technology to enhance their farming activities. USAID/Flickr

How Ghana is acing its transition to mobile financial services

In just five years, the number of mobile-money accounts in Ghana have jumped six-fold, providing fresh perspective on the country’s digital transformation.
Unemployment and a loss of health insurance are two problems not necessarily captured in official poverty measures. tuaindeed/Shutterstock.com

US poverty statistics ignore millions of struggling Americans

In the US, poverty is measured by income level. But that measure misses many other aspects of poverty – like unemployment, poor health and a lack of health insurance.
Surprise medical bills are happening more frequently, often from an ER visit. Damir Khabirov/Shutterstock.com

Why thousands are getting hit with unexpected medical bills

A trip to the emergency room can turn expensive fast if the providers are not in your network. That is happening more often, as some doctors choose to opt out of insurance plans. Here's why.
Many cases of lower back pain are best managed through education, exercise and manual treatment. (Shutterstock)

Back pain? A physiotherapist may offer the most effective treatment, if you can afford it

The over-medicalization of back pain is a global concern. New research in Canada shows that people with lower income as well as rural and remote dwellers are less likely to access physiotherapy care.
Tax breaks or exemptions for those working in pharmacy, health insurance and pharmaceutical industries could help bolster support for a national pharmacare plan. (Shutterstock)

Tax breaks could soften the blow of a national pharmacare plan

Two community pharmacists suggest a way for improving the palatability of evidence-based universal pharmacare -- for those working in health insurance, pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry.
Many patients are surprised to learn what their health care procedures cost. 9dream studio/shutterstock.com

What would happen if hospitals openly shared their prices?

Hospitals are now required to post their prices online. This approach is unlikely to change US health care – but better price transparency tools could actually reduce costs.
Research among Canadians shows employment to be a critical social determinant of health, partly because those who earn higher wages have more access to safe housing, nutritious foods, social services and medical care. (Shutterstock)

For millennials, employment is a public health challenge

No longer can young people invest in their education and work their way into secure employment. The health impacts of this job insecurity are profound.
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.
House Speaker Paul Ryan’s attempt to replace the Affordable Care Act in March 2017 was just one of many to undo the health law. AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Why the extreme reaction to Obamacare could be the new normal in American politics

Efforts to undo Obamacare went far beyond grass-roots activities, with new research showing that contributions by businesses were significant. Does this signal a change in the political process?
The fact that Ontario’s health minister, Eric Hoskins, is resigning from his post to head up a newly announced advisory council on a Canadian pharmacare system bodes well, meaning Ottawa’s new initiative may go beyond being “just another study.” Hoskins is a longtime advocate for pharmacare. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canadian pharmacare is closer to becoming a reality

Will Ottawa's new advisory council on pharmacare amount to "just another study," or is a national program truly within reach?
Needles used for shooting heroin and other opioids litter the ground of a Philadelphia park. REUTERS/Charles Mostoller

Scaling back Obamacare will make the opioid crisis worse

By undermining the ACA, Republicans may be taking away one of the health care system's best tools for improving the lives of those with addiction.
Tammie Jackson, looking at the prescription drugs she could not obtain before enrolling in Montana’s expanded Medicaid program, in the summer of 2017. AP Photo/Bobby Caina Calvan

Medicaid work requirements could cost the government more in the long run

The new rules Kentucky and other states want to impose could leave millions of Americans who benefit from this safety net program uninsured – and resorting to the emergency room for their health care.
Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has run out. stockcreations/shutterstock.com

Time to stop using 9 million children as a bargaining CHIP

Funding for a children's health insurance program ran out at the end of last September. Despite the program's clear benefits, plans to renew it have been caught in partisan bickering.
A CVS drugstore in Brooklyn, New York, on Dec. 3, 2017. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

CVS merger with Aetna: Health care cure or curse?

CVS, which operates nearly 10,000 pharmacies across the country, announced intentions to buy Aetna, the nation's third-largest provider of health insurance. Here's how consumers could be affected.

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