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Why not allow Medicare to negotiate lower prescription drug prices? Economists such as Neeraj Sood worry such a move would hamper crucial innovations over time. But not everyone agrees.
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For two years, Alameda County officials and public health providers traveled to Cuba to study nationalized health care - a system that spends relatively little, but emphasizes primary and preventative care, and enjoys low infant mortality, long life expectancies and other strong health measures.

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Health investigators at Drexel University want medical centers to start asking patients what kind of work they do.

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African Health Dialogues is a weekly health care discussion on AV radio about awareness, progress and gaps, costs and accessibility of medical /pharmaceutical products and services within the African and African Diaspora communities Worldwide. 

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This article looks at the interests that seem to prevent a complete reforme of the Health Care system. There may be others. At the core is the money many individuals and organzation, including non-profit Hospital, make from insurance companies, the government and individuals in great need for medica

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Journalist Elaine Korry embarks on a new reporting project: how will states and insurers decide who gets what health benefits - and for what cost - under the Affordable Care Act?

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The patients call it simply “the clinic.”  It’s where they go to get their kids’ shots for school.  It’s where they get check-ups and medication for their high blood pressure. It’s where they get advice on finding jobs or apartments....

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Mystery illness in Cambodia, hepatitis C in New Hampshire, the economic effect of expanding Medicaid and more from our Daily Briefing.

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As mental health budgets shrink and services erode in Stanislaus County California, Aspen Family Medical Group, a primary care clinic, has taken on a key role in treating the county's uninsured mentally ill.

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Unnecessary angioplasties, friendlier relations between insurers and care providers, hospitals that cater to the patient rather than focusing purely on the disease, and more from our Daily Briefing. 

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