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Profits and Prescription Drugs

By Caitlin Hoff Health and Safety Investigator Consumersafety.org The rising cost of medical expenses is nothing new to Americans. In recent years, medical bills have become the number one reason for personal bankruptcy filings in America, and it is not unusual to hear stories of […]

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Marketplace Confusion Opens Door To Questions About Skinny Plans

Consumers coping with the high cost of health insurance are the target market for new plans claiming to be lower-cost alternatives to the Affordable Care Act that fulfill the law’s requirement for health coverage. But experts and regulators warn consumers to be cautious — and […]

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Gaming a Drug Law and the Patent System

By Randy Barrett for Tarbell.org   Manufacturers find advantages in the Orphan Drug Act and intellectual property protections to keep prices high. There is clear evidence the pharmaceutical industry manipulates well-intentioned laws to increase prices and profits. We’ll use two laws as our case studies, the […]

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Many Women Miss Out On Lifesaving CPR

By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, Nov. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) — America’s hang-ups over sexuality and gender could cost women their lives when their heart suddenly stops, a new study suggests. Simply put, women suffering from cardiac arrest in a public setting are less […]

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks during a health care rally on September 22, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Postcards From Canada: Bernie Sanders Gets Hero’s Welcome…

TORONTO — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) wasn’t scheduled to come onstage to talk health care until after 11 a.m. But college students started lining up as early as 5 a.m. — the Sunday morning of Halloween weekend, no less — in the hopes of scoring […]

Sallie Cutler, left, and her mother, Alyce Cheatham, attended a 2012 luncheon for Oregon Health and Science University’s Center for Ethics in Health Care, which conducts research regarding Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment. Cheatham, a longtime advocate of the program, relied on instructions in her POLST form after a severe stroke in May. She died a week later at age 96. (Courtesy of Erin Grace Photography)

In Oregon, End-of-Life Wishes Are Just A Click Away

Sallie Cutler, left, and her mother, Alyce Cheatham, attended a 2012 luncheon for Oregon Health and Science University’s Center for Ethics in Health Care, which conducts research regarding Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment. Cheatham, a longtime advocate of the program, relied on instructions in […]