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Health Issues

Return Emergency Room Visits after Discharge Not Counted in Readmission Rates

Twenty-one percent of discharged patients returned at least once to the emergency department within a month after leaving the hospital...

Cost of Health Insurance Exchanges Shoots Up

The new White House budget expects that from January 1, 2014, when the insurance exchanges officially open, to 2021, the administration will spent about $606 billion subsidizing insurance on the exchanges...

Health Care Costs: A State-by-State Comparison

Health care spending in the United States averaged $6,815 per person in 2009, but that figure varies significantly across the country...

Telemedicine Advances All the Way to Antarctica

New videoconferencing technologies and special medical instruments are expanding access to medical care as far away as Antarctica...

Dementia Tops Cancer, Heart Disease in Cost

Dementia's direct costs, from medicines to nursing homes, are $109 billion a year in 2010 dollars...

Uninsured Reluctant to Enroll in Coverage

Persuading many of the uninsured to purchase insurance will be a tough sell, a fact that veterans in previous efforts have already found out...

Civilian Doctors Wary of Accepting Military's TRICARE

An estimated 620,000 Pentagon health care recipients struggle to find private doctors who will accept them as patients...

Reforming Medicare's Cost-Sharing Requirements

Reforming Medicare's cost-sharing requirements could reduce government spending by billions...

Why Health Care Spending Will Explode under ObamaCare

Following full implementation of ObamaCare in 2014, the government estimates that health care spending may rise by $60 billion to $70 billion per year...

Doctors Skeptical About Future of U.S. Health System

Fifty-five percent of physicians surveyed believe that other doctors will reduce the number of hours they work because of the changes that are occurring in the health system...


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