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The Uniquely American Problem Of High Prescription Drug Costs

Why, in a country that prides itself on capitalism and getting the best deal on every sale, do we not negotiate with manufacturers of Rx?  We negotiate on Medicare rates but ' a discount of a really high price still isn’t a very good deal.'  Read full...

Group Unites Old Foes in Hunt for Health Fix

Out of the ashes of the partisan fight over health care in our country, a new group, United States of Care, is working on reviewing the things in health care that unite us and not divide us.  Lead by Andy Slavitt, a former top health official in the Obama...

We’re using less health care, but paying more

In an eye-brow raising study by the HCCI, the fact that health care spending grew by 4.5% from 2015 to 2016, yet utilization was steady — or, in some cases, actually declined — is sure to raise questions as to what is going on.  The answer, according to HCCI’s...

Profit outlook brightens for ObamaCare insurers

The imminent collapse of Obamacare seems to have been overstated, as insurers who offered the plans are able to turn a profit.  2018 also promises to be a more stable environment, devoid of political posturing that made Obamacare such a political football in 2017....

How Medicare Makes Rite Aid A Buyout Target

On the heels of the CVS/Aetna megadeal, industry analysts are looking at who might next try to partner up to gain strength through size.  Rite Aid seems ripe for this M/A market.  Their CEO talked about how 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 each day and the Rite Aid PBM is...

Why the U.S. Spends So Much More Than Other Nations on Health Care

We all know health care costs continue to climb.  We are told this is due to an aging and more sickly population and emerging technologies.  This study shows that the real inflationary factor is "more is done for patients during hospital stays and doctor visits,...

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