The U.S. spends more on health care than any other country. Here’s what we’re buying.

American health-care spending, measured in trillions of dollars, boggles the mind. Last year, we spent $3.2 trillion on health care — a number so large that it can be difficult to grasp its scale. A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reveals what patients and their insurers are spending that money […]

Outraged by Spiking Drug Prices, Congress Tiptoes Around Price Controls

A bipartisan Senate Aging Committee report on predatory drug pricing released on Wednesday highlights a now familiar rogue’s gallery of pharmaceutical companies –including Turing and Valeant –- that have shamelessly jacked up the prices of life-saving drugs that they exclusively control. These companies engaged in marketing and pricing strategies worthy of the most cutthroat private […]

Republicans have a clear plan to cut Medicare — but they may not go through with it

Republicans have long supported a massive overhaul of Medicare, the health entitlement program for seniors, one that they argue will make the entitlement program more sustainable — but also would have seniors spend significantly more out of pocket. Now, the party’s control of Washington opens the door to making that policy vision a reality. Republicans […]

Older patients tend to fare better with female doctors, study shows

A new study could add to the argument over equal pay in the ranks of medicine: Older patients treated by female doctors tend to do better than those treated by males. Public health researchers at Harvard found that elderly patients were less likely to die or be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days if treated by female doctors rather […]

A ‘Full Repeal’ of Obamacare Could Spur Medicare’s Bankruptcy

Congressional Republicans have come under growing pressure to preserve key elements of the Affordable Care Act as they move towards action in early January on special budget legislation to repeal President Obama’s signature health insurance law. President-elect Donald Trump, for instance, has said he favors preserving two highly popular measures. One would allow parents to […]