Vaccination

Efforts to move the needle on flu shot rates get stuck

It's free and available everywhere. Yet most Americans skip the annual flu shot—with the number of dispensed vaccines barely changed in the past decade, despite government removal of cost and access obstacles.

Medical economics

The startlingly high cost of the 'free' flu shot

In the Byzantine world of health care pricing, most people wouldn't expect that the ubiquitous flu shot could be a prime example of how the system's lack of transparency can lead to disparate costs.

Health

Health care provider deserts may leave patients in the cold

People with health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may have access to fewer health care providers—and may also have to drive further to see them—than people with other plans, according to researchers.

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