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Health Issues

Health Care Spending Plateaus as Brand-Name Drug Prices Rise

Many blockbuster drugs lost their patents by 2012 and many people looked forward to a future when we could all get a month's-long supply of generic drugs for $4. It did not quite work out that way...

Obamacare Places New Regulations on Vending Machines

Congress could save millions of dollars each year by paying closer attention to consumer decision-making habits...

Smart Phone Based Medical Devices Making Big Impacts

Institutions, analysts and MDs envision the opportunity to reduce the colossal inefficiency of current medical practice by exploiting the Internet of Things...

King v. Burwell Ruling Would Affect Nearly 7.5 Million Consumers

The implications of the ruling concerning the individual mandate will have a larger impact on younger enrollees, who are less likely to be exempt from the mandate due to age rating differences...

Doctors Not Cashing In on Meaningful Use Incentives

Federal penalties have been levied against 257,000 physicians, 280 providers and 200 hospitals for not using EHRs "meaningfully."...

Is Direct Primary Care the Free Market Answer to Obamacare?

Lawmakers should work toward removing bad policies that prevent the expansion of patient choice and provider competition...

Another Unfunded Mandate That Could Set Back Health Care

Imposing a more complex coding system on the medical community will take more time away from treating patients...

Don't Be Misled by Obamacare Sign-Up Figures

While the White House is cheering 11.4 million health insurance sign-ups in the exchanges, "signing up" for Obamacare doesn't mean "enrolling" in Obamacare...

Get the Government out of Health Information Technology

At the end of 2014, the federal government's Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology (ONC) proposed a 10-year federal plan for Health Information Technology...

Government Health Spending Growth Outstrips Private Sector Growth

From 2000 to 2012, inflation-adjusted public spending on health care in the United Kingdom increased by 68 percent, while private spending increased by 26 percent during that period...


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