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More Puzzling ObamaCare Numbers

A new report from the RAND Corporation comes to very different conclusions about the success of the health insurance exchanges...

Innovative, Unique, Even Revolutionary: Surgery Center of Oklahoma

Traditionally, health plans allowed enrollees to go anywhere for care with little regard for costs; by contrast, the Surgery Center of Oklahoma offers a cost incentive alternative for quality care, says Devon Herrick, a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Keeping Health Care Costs Down

Patients can save between 30 percent and 70 percent by going abroad for intensive medical procedures, such as bypass surgery and knee replacements...

Early Enrollees Sicker Than Average

Six of the top 10 costliest medications used by Affordable Care Act enrollees were specialty drugs, compared to only four of the 10 most expensive medications used by patients in commercial plans...

The Economics of Medicaid: Assessing the Costs and Consequences

Under the Affordable Care Act, the Congressional Budget Office projects Medicaid enrollment to increase nearly 30 percent by 2024 and federal spending on the program to double over the next decade...

Corruption and Bribery in Veterans Affairs Hospital Deal

According to the Veterans Affairs' inspector general, a hospital lease deal in Pennsylvania was rife with corruption, bribery and embezzlement...

ObamaCare's Hidden Hit On Businesses

Private sector employment will lose at least 146,000 jobs simply due to the health insurance tax levied on all insurance companies on premiums for policies sold to individuals and small- to medium-sized businesses...

Medicaid Expansion: Beyond Yes or No

Governors are tasked with the challenge of providing care for those who need it most while managing Medicaid's growing costs...

The Cost of Waiting Times

In 2013, the value of the productive time lost while waiting in line for health care treatment in Canada was $1.1 billion ($1,202 for each of the 928,120 Canadians waiting in line for treatment)...

More Effective Sunscreens Held Up by the Food and Drug Administration

Some applications for newer and more-effective sunscreen ingredients have sat since 2003 in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration bureaucracy awaiting approval...


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