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Health Issues

Penalty Could Keep Smokers out of Health Overhaul

For a 55-year-old smoker, the tobacco penalty in the Affordable Care Act could reach nearly $4,250 a year...

Delays in Medicaid Pay Vex Hospitals

Medicaid payments to hospitals in Maine have been delayed three years and total $484 million...

Concierge Medical Services Appeal to Baby Boomers

More than 1.5 million Americans have paid the additional fee to have the extra benefits of concierge medicine services...

Facts about America's Health Care Quality that the World Doesn't Know

For breast cancer, the mortality rate in Germany is 52 percent higher and in the United Kingdom it is 88 percent higher than in the United States...

New Affordable Care Act Mandates Force Unnecessary Benefits

Patients ages 18 through 24 can expect a 45 percent jump in their premiums because of new health insurance coverage mandates...

U.S. Health Care Spending Growth Continues at Slow Pace

The year 2010 marked the lowest rate of annualized personal expenditures on health care since the National Health Expenditure Accounts statistics were first calculated in 1960...

A Health Scare for Small Businesses

Even though the rule doesn't go into effect until early 2014, a business could be subject to the so-called employer health care mandate if, during 2013, it averages 50 or more full-time equivalent employees...

Doctors Give in to Patient Demands for Brand-Name Drugs

Thirty-seven percent of doctors surveyed admitted to sometimes prescribing a brand-name drug at a patient's request even though a generic version of the medication was available...

Disease Management Programs Don't Work

A new study concludes that diabetic disease management programs in Washington, Texas and Georgia were not effective...

As 2013 Begins, Get Ready For an ObamaCare Tax Onslaught

The medical device tax under the new health law will impose a 2.3 percent on profit from gross sales, even if the company has no profit at all...


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