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Medications

The price of a drug should be based on its therapeutic benefits – not just what the market will bear

The U.S. pharmaceutical industry has innovated in response to the pandemic, providing not only vaccines but also therapies to treat people with COVID-19. But an outdated law designed to spur development of lifesaving drugs ...

Surgery

New insights into pancreatitis

These findings validate the significance of the previously described first threshold—the point when the damage to the acinar cells of the pancreas is sufficient to trigger the infamous inflammatory cascade (Barreto and ...

Medical economics

U.S. health care spending increased 4.6 percent in 2019

Health care spending in the United States increased 4.6 percent in 2019, which was a similar rate of growth as that seen in 2018, according to a report published online Dec. 16 in Health Affairs.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Even rich Americans don't get world-class health care: study

Even the most privileged people in the United States with the best access to health care are sicker and more likely to die than average folks in other developed nations, a new study finds.

Oncology & Cancer

Drop in oncologists accepting industry payments from 2014 to 2019

(HealthDay)—From 2014 to 2019, there was a decrease in the number of medical oncologists accepting industry payments, but the per-physician payment value increased for high-value payments, according to a report published ...

Medical economics

Singapore gets shot in the arm from global drug demand

Scientists in protective clothing work in a high-tech laboratory at a pharmaceutical plant in Singapore, whose coronavirus-hit economy has received a shot in the arm from robust global drug demand.

Medical economics

'Obamacare' enrollment rising as COVID-19 pandemic deepens

Sign-ups for "Obamacare" health insurance plans are trending more than 6% higher amid surging coronavirus cases and deepening economic misery, according to preliminary figures released Friday by the government.

Medical economics

Pfizer and Moderna won't be the only ones to reap huge payday

Pfizer and Moderna appear to be the clear leaders in the race for a COVID-19 vaccine. Pfizer has already begun distribution, and Moderna's entry is on the brink of FDA approval, which would put the two at least weeks ahead ...

Medical economics

Support for Obamacare grows as Biden takes control: Poll

(HealthDay)—The popularity of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, continues to grow, with nearly two-thirds of Americans saying they want the law to remain as is or be improved, a new Harris/HealthDay poll shows.

Health

One in five doctors in Sweden has a doctor parent

One in five doctors in Sweden has a parent who is also trained in medicine, more than triple the proportion for doctors born three decades earlier, finds a study in the Christmas issue of The BMJ.

Medical economics

Global need high for rehabilitation services

(HealthDay)—Globally, 2.41 billion individuals were identified as having conditions that would benefit from rehabilitation in 2019, representing an increase of 63 percent from 1990, according to a study published online ...

Medical economics

First study on neighborhood deprivation and COVID-19 in Louisiana

A study by researchers at LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health, believed to be the first study to investigate the role of neighborhood deprivation on COVID-19 in Louisiana, found that the more a neighborhood is ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

More long-term dialysis patients aligned to ACOs

(HealthDay)—From 2012 to 2016, there was an increase in the percentage of Medicare beneficiaries on long-term dialysis who were aligned to an accountable care organization (ACO), with a reduction in spending seen for ACO-aligned ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Boosting coverage of midwife care could avert deaths

(HealthDay)—About two-thirds of maternal deaths, neonatal deaths, and stillbirths could be averted with universal coverage of midwife-delivered interventions, according to a study published online Dec. 1 in The Lancet Global ...

Medical economics

Poll: Surprise medical bills pose significant financial burden

Nearly half (49%) of U.S. adults say worrying about an unexpected medical bill keeps them from seeking care, and a similar proportion (44%) say if they received an unexpected medical bill for $1,000 they would not have the ...