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Health Issues

Have Faster FDA Approvals Caused Drug Safety Problems?

A new study contends that the FDA has rushed drug approval and threatened patient safety. NCPA Senior Fellow John Graham debunks that claim...

Walmart Enters the Health Care Market

By January 2015, Walmart will be operating a dozen primary care clinics across the country...

E-Cigarette Regulations Threaten Public Health

The FDA would require producers of new e-cigarette products to file applications with the federal government before they put them on the market...

Will the FDA Challenge State Right to Try Laws?

It can take a physician up to 100 hours to submit an application to the FDA for a patient to use an experimental drug under the agency's compassionate use program...

Small Firms Struggle under Obamacare

Thousands of very small business owners, such as sole proprietors, lost their small business health insurance plans in the early part of 2014...

Obamacare Still Struggling A Year Later

Data indicates that ACA enrollees may be sicker...

Why IP Protection Is So Important to Health Care

Patents are especially important in medicine -- not only because of the life-changing benefits that they can bring to patients but because the research and development and regulatory approval processes are incredibly expensive...

Debate over Sovaldi is Misleading

Sovaldi appears wildly expensive because the drug requires one big upfront cost. In the long-term, however, the drug can prevent far more expensive medical costs down the road...

Medicare Excludes Procedures in Ambulatory Surgical Centers from Reimbursement

Medicare lists 1,700 different procedures that the program requires to be performed in a hospital, rather than an outpatient facility, in order to qualify for Medicare reimbursement...

Why Health Care Has Consolidated

Between 1998 and 2012, the United States saw 1,113 hospital mergers and acquisitions concerning 2,277 hospitals...


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