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Hospital costs in the U.S. are so high that it made financial sense for a surgeon from Milwaukee and a patient from Mississippi to meet at a private Mexican hospital.
In an area where average emergency room claims reached 842% of Medicare rates, residents of a Colorado county found relief by joining forces and negotiating prices directly with the local hospital.
Public health advocates say new HPV guidelines don't provide doctors and patients ages 27-45 clear guidance about who in this age group are good candidates for vaccination.
The CEO of Centene, a company now entangled in a broader federal inquiry, met with Sen. Bob Casey to allay concerns that patients are being neglected.
Critics say authorized generics hurt long-term competition and often perversely increase costs, even in the short term.
Under Medicare, doctors are paid based on the average sales price of the prescribed drug, which critics say gives them an incentive to pick the more expensive option.
It's a common complaint that surgeons don't help older adults and their families understand the impact of surgery in terms people can understand.
Consumer advocates argue that transparency can help tackle rising healthcare costs. But the plan also has the potential to overwhelm patients with data.
The creator of MoCA says growing worries about the validity of test results have pressed him to require those who administer the test to pay for mandatory certification.
Alexa could help doctors diagnose mental illness, autism, concussions and Parkinson's disease, or even detect when you're having a heart attack.