Medical economics

US to force hospitals to reveal rates

The Trump administration said Friday it would begin forcing US hospitals to publish their prices of care and the discounted deals they reach with insurers from 2021 in a bid to rein in health care costs.

Medical economics

Brand drug discount cards increase private insurer costs by 46%

Discount cards for brand-name drugs provided to patients increased private insurer costs by 46% and varied in their impact on out-of-pocket payments by patients, found new research in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

Health

A step forward for measuring health care quality

The government, doctors' groups, insurers and patient advocates say they're coming together on a common set of measurements for what constitutes quality health care.

Medications

Prescription drug price battles show no sign of letting up

The decision this week by experts at the Food and Drug Administration to endorse a pair of medicines aimed at combating heart disease brought on the latest round of hand-wringing over prescription drug costs.

Health

Need to see a psychiatrist? Call your insurance company first

Last week, a patient contacted me to find a psychiatrist because his anxiety was beginning to get out of control. He wanted to see someone who could do therapy and prescribe medications if he needed them. I gave him some ...

Health

Health law legacy eludes Obama as changes sink in

President Barack Obama's health care law has indeed managed to change the U.S., but major elements of his signature domestic achievement face an uncertain future as a roller-coaster enrollment period winds down.

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