New Data Show Slow Health Care Cost Growth is Continuing

New data released today by the Kaiser Family Foundation show that premium growth in employer-sponsored coverage remained slow in 2015, extending the recent streak of unusually slow growth. Taken together with estimates of current trends in Medicare spending released this summer, these data suggest that underlying growth in per-enrollee health care costs remains low, even […]

Why do drug companies charge so much? Because they can.

In 1953, a new drug was released by Burroughs Wellcome, a pharmaceutical company based in London. Pyrimethamine, as the compound was named, was originally intended to fight malaria, after the microorganisms that cause the disease developed resistance to earlier therapies. The drug was used against malaria for several decades, often in combination with other compounds. […]

Pain-killing prescriptions called hard to fill

Chris Young is a lifelong gun enthusiast, but his wife, Lesley, got rid of his rifles not long after the couple moved back to Florida nearly two years ago. She was afraid of what her wheelchair-bound husband might do to himself once the Youngs found themselves among the throng of other patients forced to do […]

The Time Has Come to Address Sky-High Drug Prices

In any given month, about half of all Americans—and 90 percent of seniors—take a prescription drug. These medications help millions of patients fight illnesses and recover from injuries; they also shorten the duration of common illnesses, alleviate pain, and treat life-threatening illnesses. Simply put, prescription drugs save lives and can prevent costlier, more invasive treatments. Yet not all drugs offer […]