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Health Issues

Improving Health Care Quality

In a survey of 30 physician practices in six states, electronic health records were a source of both promise and frustration, with major concerns about interoperability between systems and with the amount of physician time involved in data entry...

The Unraveling of ObamaCare

The problematic nature of the Affordable Care Act's finances is such that the Congressional Budget Office's latest long-term budget outlook singled out its implementation as one of the biggest sources of future fiscal strains...

A Look into Canadian Health Care

The average Canadian family of two parents with two children pays approximately $11,320 in taxes for hospital and physician care through the country's tax system...

Insurance Exchanges Will Raise U.S. Health Care Costs

In the end, the health insurance exchanges result in incentives for insurers not to compete, for customers not to care about price, and for insurers to drive up the cost of care...

Costliest 1 Percent of Patients Account for 21 Percent of U.S. Health Spending

The costly 1 percent battling multiple chronic illnesses consumed 21 percent of the nearly $1.3 trillion Americans spent on health care in 2010, at a cost of nearly $88,000 per person...

Maine: Taking a Stand against Big Pharma

A new law in Maine, the first of its kind, sanctions the direct purchase of mail-order drugs from some foreign pharmacies...

ObamaCare Is Not a Bailout for State and Local Governments

State and local governments collectively owe more than a trillion dollars for retiree health care...

Why Some Veterinarians Have a Bone to Pick With ObamaCare

Dr. Douglas Aspros says the federal health law is increasing his costs to buy medical equipment, which he has no choice but to pass onto his patients -- most whom are uninsured; Aspros is a veterinarian...

Budget Slugfest Hits Medical Device Tax

Repealing the medical device tax might boost industry-wide profits by about 4 percent...

What ObamaCare Can Learn from Britain's National Health Service

The National Health Service's budget now stands at roughly $160 billion -- roughly one-sixth of government spending and nearly triple Britain's defense budget...


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