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Health Issues

Overtreating Medicare Patients Costs $8 Billion

A new study reveals that up to 42 percent of Medicare patients received at least one unnecessary medical procedure during a single year...

Telemedicine's Quality of Care

The number of web-based health care companies is rising, as doctors evaluate patients over the phone or online, even sending prescriptions...

Negative Consequences of the Employer Mandate

Employer-sponsored insurance is the largest source of insurance for Americans under age 65, and companies compete for employees by offering health benefits. However, as insurance costs increase, fewer companies are likely to offer benefits...

Companies Cite Obamacare Costs

Since the first of March, 30 companies in the Standard and Poor's 500 have mentioned Obamacare during their conference calls...

Half of Doctors Won't Accept New Medicaid Patients

Despite the problems that Medicaid patients already have accessing doctors, one of the biggest ways that Obamacare expands health care coverage is through the Medicaid program...

Who Will Pay the Individual Mandate Tax?

In many cases, the individual mandate tax will be much less than the cost of insurance premiums, and Obamacare allows anyone to sign up for coverage during subsequent enrollment periods, with no penalty on their premiums...

Only 67 Percent of Obamacare Enrollees Have Paid Premiums

Former Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that 90 percent of Obamacare enrollees had paid their premiums, but information collected from insurers by the House Energy and Commerce Committee indicates that the number is much lower...

How Colleges Waste Health Fees

Health insurance at most colleges costs between $800 and $1,500 per year and student health fees vary, but it is unclear what students are getting for their money...

ObamaCare Creating Two-Tier System

Today, there are an estimated 4,400 concierge physicians -- 30 percent more than just last year...

Does Plain Packaging Reduce Smoking?

With the rise of illicit cigarettes -- which contain no health warnings -- Australian youth most likely have greater access to cigarettes at lower prices...


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