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Health Issues

Fixing the Doc Fix

Medicare already reimburses doctors less than private plans. In 2013, 28 percent of Medicare patients had difficulty finding a new doctor...

Medical Device User Fees: They're Not Working

In 2002, the Food and Drug Administration began extracting "user fees" from medical device manufacturers in exchange for the promise of faster device approval times...

How Health Care Sharing Ministries Work

As of today, 300,000 Americans across the 50 states are enrolled in Health Care Sharing Ministries, which share costs among those of similar religious faiths...

71 Percent of Obamacare Insurance Enrollment Gains Due to Medicaid

New enrollment data for the second quarter of 2014 reveals how Obamacare enrollment shook out among Medicaid and private coverage...

What Happens When Consumers Shop for Health Care?

Price transparency is hardly a novel concept. In health care, however, price transparency is quite uncommon...

Half of America's Doctors Give Obamacare a Grade of D or F

The Physicians Foundation recently asked 20,000 American doctors to grade Obamacare. The results were not good for the president's signature law…

Will Your Premiums Go Up This Year?

Because subsidies, and therefore premium costs, are tied to income, an increase in pay could send your monthly premiums rising...

How Do Health Savings Accounts Work under Obamacare?

Health Savings Accounts are considered a "consumer-driven" health care reform, meaning that they put the consumer in charge of his own health care spending...

CON Laws Limit Patients' Access to Life-Saving Exams

States should be itching to get state-of-the-art medical devices into their hospitals, but 36 states have laws on the books that keep new and improved equipment, as well as new hospitals, out...

Is Requiring Hospitals to Provide Emergency Room Care Unconstitutional?

Since 1986, American hospitals have been subject to the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA), requiring hospitals which contract with Medicare and which have emergency rooms (ERs) to treat and stabilize all patients who present themselves to the ER, regardless of that person's ability to pay...


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