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Why are Rx prices increasing? A House panel just launched an investigation to find out.

January 17, 2019


The House Oversight and Reform Committee on Monday launched an investigation into how prescription drug companies set prices for their products, focusing on drugs that comprise a large share of Medicare Part D spending and treatments that have experienced significant price increases.

Is the country's health care system in crisis? A majority of US residents think so, poll finds.

January 16, 2019


A recent Gallup poll shows a majority of U.S. residents believe the U.S. health care system is in a state of crisis or has major problems.

CMS wants to significantly overhaul Medicaid—without Congress, sources say

January 15, 2019


The Trump administration is working on a plan that would allow states to choose to receive block grants to fund their Medicaid programs, three administration sources told Politico.

'I'm in constant pain, 24/7': Meet the one-third of patients who regret knee replacement surgery

January 15, 2019


Knee replacement surgeries are becoming increasingly popular in the United States, but while the procedure generally is considered safe, some doctors say the surgery often is performed on patients who do not really need it.

Trump admin might put forth a proposal to overhaul VA's health system

January 15, 2019


Veterans Affairs (VA) is drafting a proposal to overhaul its health care system and shift billions of dollars in funding from VA-run health hospitals to private health care providers, according to the New York Times.

US drug spending suddenly exploded in 1997. What happened?

January 14, 2019


The United States far outspends other wealthy nations on prescription drugs, but a recent study shows the trend dates back only to 1997—and Austin Frakt, a health economist, offers insight on what triggered the spending spike, and what it means for the future of drug spending.

The health care industry spends $30B a year on marketing. Here's where it all goes, charted.

January 11, 2019


The health care industry is spending more on promotional advertising than ever before, with annual spending on health care marketing nearly doubling from 1997 to 2016, according to a new study.

Grassley lays out health care priorities—and starts with a bill to import drugs from Canada

January 10, 2019


New Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Wednesday laid out his priorities regarding prescription drug prices and released draft legislation that would allow U.S. residents to import drugs from Canada.

How two Democratic governors and one mayor want to expand public health coverage

January 9, 2019


Democratic governors in California and Washington and New York City's mayor over the past few days have unveiled proposals to significantly expand public health programs, including some proposals that would offer residents universal coverage.

What's driving Rx drug cost increases? The answer is two-fold, study finds.

January 9, 2019


Prescription drug costs in the United States continue to rise each year, and while there has been some debate as to what is driving those increases, a new study suggests there are two key factors that influence the market in different ways.

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