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Health Issues

Can State Medical Boards Keep Competitors Out?

North Carolina's state dental board began issuing cease-and-desist letters to hygienists (not dentists) who were whitening consumers' teeth at spas and mall kiosks...

Certificate-of-Need Laws Raise Costs, Reduce Services

Certificate-of-need (CON) regulations prevent health care providers and hospitals from entering markets or offering new services without approval from state regulators...

New FDA Rules Could Ruin 119-Year-Old Cigar Business

In an effort to limit youth access to tobacco, the FDA is trying to make affordable cigars a thing of the past. But the regulation would ruin J.C. Newman, a company that has been producing quality cigars for under $10 for over a century...

Surgery Center of Oklahoma: Proving Free Market Medicine Works

The national average cost of a mastectomy is between $9,000 and $50,000. But the Surgery Center of Oklahoma offers a mastectomy for $5,005, saving consumers between $3,995 and $44,995...

Health Care Demand Will Continue to Rise in U.K.

A new report from Britain's Office for Budget Responsibility uses some unrealistic assumptions to calculate future health care spending...

Should We Get Rid of Employer-Based Insurance?

Michael Tanner, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, argues that the United States needs to do away with the employer-provided health insurance model...

New Wellness Program for Teachers Will Cost $1.5 Million

The Des Moines Public School District plans to spend $1.5 million on a new wellness program for teachers...

Hawaii Taxpayers to Pay for Fall Prevention Coordinator

Hawaii is creating a new government position for 2015 for which the state's taxpayers will pay $81,000: a fall prevention coordinator...

The FDA Cannot Effectively Monitor the Medicine Supply System

A number of Indian pharmaceuticals have been withdrawn from the U.S. market...

A Case More Important than Hobby Lobby?

A case soon to be decided by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals could pose a fundamental challenge to Obamacare...


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