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A Florida woman's story illuminates the perils of creating a two-tier health insurance market, as Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is calling for. The bad old days of health insurance could fast become the bad new days.
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History offers us some basic lessons on how well high-risk pools work for insuring sicker enrollees, with preexisting conditions. Their track record is hardly encouraging.
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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are merely the latest in a long line of American politicians who have cast aspersions on the Canadian health care system. Here's what they don't get.
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At its core, l’affaire EpiPen is not about a single drug maker making sky’s-the-limit profits. It’s about how we pay for pharmaceuticals, how we contain price increases, and ultimately, who gets to use the drugs.
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A long-awaited decision by regulators appears to be imminent on the proposed merger between Cottage Health and Sansum Clinic, which has the largest physician practice in the area with 23 outpatient sites spanning Santa Maria to Santa Barbara.

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We thought we knew the main reasons why doctors perform too many C-sections in the U.S. But a recently reported study points to another cause: Doctors are often wrong in predicting babies' weight, and that can lead to unnecessary cesareans.

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One of the most overlooked stories in the rollout of the Affordable Care Act is an experiment to rein in Medicare and Medicaid costs by pushing millions of poor and disabled beneficiaries into coordinated plans.

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Health spending increases in the U.S. have slowed, but costs are still rising. This week's National Fellows heard from two innovative programs that are trying very different approaches to cutting costs by managing patients who are among the highest utilizers of our health care system.

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A new collaboration among media outlets is building a new database of health care prices by asking people to share how much they paid for common procedures. The results could shed light on how much services typically cost, and eventually help bring costs down.

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How North Carolina reporters "outsourced for expertise" in their groundbreaking investigation of hospital profits, and more tips from the award-winning series.

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