Medicare Plans to Pay Doctors for Counseling on End of Life

Medicare, the federal program that insures 55 million older and disabled Americans, announced plans on Wednesday to reimburse doctors for conversations with patients about whether and how they would want to be kept alive if they became too sick to speak for themselves. The proposal would settle a debate that raged before the passage of […]

Old before your time? People age at wildly different rates, study confirms

If the school reunion was not proof enough, scientists have confirmed that people grow old at radically different rates, with some ageing much faster than their fresh-faced former classmates. A study of nearly one thousand 38-year-olds found that while most had biological ages close to the number of birthdays they had notched up, others were […]

National Health Costs vs. Your Health Costs

Health care spending growth has plummeted to the lowest levels ever recorded. But many Americans insist that they are paying more and more. It is jarring, but both of those things are true, as a report from the Health Care Cost Institute helps to show. Out-of-pocket spending on things like deductibles and co-payments has shot […]

Medicare and Medicaid at 50

Medicare and Medicaid, the two mainstays of government health insurance, turn 50 this month, having made it possible for most Americans in poverty and old age to get medical care. While the Affordable Care Act fills the gap for people who don’t qualify for help from those two programs, there are important improvements still needed […]