Health

Threatened medical deduction seen as valuable, versatile

Several million people unlucky enough to face big medical bills not covered by their insurance would lose a valuable and versatile deduction under the House GOP tax bill. Groups representing older people and patients are ...

Health

How to choose the right amount for your FSA in 2017

November is typically open enrollment time for millions who get health insurance, disability insurance and other benefits from an employer. If you're one of them, among your important choices is whether you want a flexible ...

Other

Travel costs for kidney donors to be reimbursed by insurer

Travel costs that could dissuade potential kidney donors from volunteering for life-saving transplants will be reimbursed by the nation's biggest insurer starting next year in a move designed to encourage more donations.

Medications

Pregnant US women sue over mislabeled birth control pills

More than 100 women who became pregnant after taking birth control pills that were mislabeled have filed suit in the United States, seeking millions of dollars in damages and interest, their lawyer said Thursday.

Addiction

Smoking cessation drug proves initially more effective for women

The most effective prescription drug used to quit smoking initially helps women more than men, according to a Yale School of Medicine study.The study, published Oct. 7 by the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research, found that ...

Other

5 tips for handling early-year medical expenses

The clock on insurance deductibles reset on Jan. 1, and that means big medical bills are in store for some. Patients may be required to pay thousands of dollars before their health care coverage kicks in.

Health

Why medical debt – and bankruptcy – are growing problems

Burdensomely high medical costs are often blamed for pushing many Americans into bankruptcy. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau some 43 million Americans have unpaid medical debt on their credit reports.

Overweight & Obesity

Obesity more expensive to treat than smoking

(HealthDay)—Annual health care expenses are substantially higher for smokers and the obese, compared with nonsmokers and people of healthy weight, according to a report published online Dec. 24 in Public Health. In fact, ...

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