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Stories tagged: Health Care Costs


Is coconut water worth the cost?

Clearly financial health is one of the missed opportunities that we physicians should be aware of nowadays. Thus, if you buy something that might or might not help your health, …


Smoking during cancer treatment will add to your bill

Cancer patients who smoked during treatment were more likely than nonsmokers to have their initial treatment fail and ended up spending more on subsequent treatments, according to the study, published …


Shore up ailing public health budgets

Treatment, facilities, equipment and workers represent a mountain of health care cash. Meanwhile, disease prevention is an eroding foothill.


Costly hepatitis C cure strains Idaho’s budget

New hepatitis C treatments could help eradicate the deadly infectious disease and also break the bank. Idaho has been forced to limit which Medicaid patients and prison inmates get drugs …


Battered, Greece faces years to recoup recession

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — In a tiny, windowless storeroom, elderly women sort through items normally destined for the trash. It’s an unlikely place to be saving lives.


Rare rabies cure drives cost

When Nicholle Joyce learned she’d been exposed to a rabid bat at a Spirit Lake home and she was nine days into the 10-day window for a lifesaving vaccine for …


UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2013, 9:19 a.m.

Some hospital bills vastly higher for similar care

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is shedding light on the mystery of just how high a hospital bill might go — and whether it’s cheaper to get that care across …


Drug makers’ settlements get high court review

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will take a close look at payments from brand-name drug makers to manufacturers of generic equivalents to keep the no-name products off the market …


Longer tamoxifen use cuts breast cancer deaths

Breast cancer patients taking the drug tamoxifen can cut their chances of having the disease come back or kill them if they stay on the pills for 10 years instead …


More American workers to pick their insurance

For some American workers, picking the right health insurance is becoming more like hunting for the perfect business suit: It takes some shopping around to find a good fit and …


Romney’s Medicare plan raises cost questions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney’s Medicare plan won’t try to control costs by limiting the payments that future retirees would use to buy private health insurance, aides say. Budget experts …


Report: Premium hikes for top Medicare drug plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of seniors enrolled in some of the most popular Medicare prescription drug plans face double-digit premium hikes next year if they don’t shop for a better …


Obama hits Romney with new Medicare study

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — President Barack Obama is drawing fresh attention to Medicare in all-important Florida, seizing on an election-year issue that’s been more favorable to Democrats. Campaigning for a …


Millions in SF health fees don’t go to workers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Restaurants and other businesses in this food-loving tourist mecca collected almost $14 million dollars in extra fees last year from their patrons, as they sought to …


Text of Obama’s acceptance speech

Text of President Barack Obama’s remarks Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention, as provided by the Obama campaign: ___


Transcript of Barack Obama’s remarks

A transcript of President Barack Obama’s remarks Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention, as provided by the Obama campaign: ___


Some notable rulings on transgender people

Some court rulings in recent years on transgender people’s access to gender-related medical care: — In 2010, the U.S. Tax Court found that the costs of female hormones and sex-reassignment …


Some notable rulings on transgender people

Some court rulings in recent years on transgender people’s access to gender-related medical care: — In 2010, the U.S. Tax Court found that the costs of female hormones and sex-reassignment …


Refunds on way to cover CVS business’ price error

NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission said that it is mailing refund checks to 13,000 Medicare Part D beneficiaries who were overcharged for drugs because a CVS Caremark …


Don’t forget insurance with college-bound kids

CHICAGO (AP) — It’s inevitable that something will be forgotten in the excitement of sending a child off to college. Tuition bill paid?


Patients, families reach out for help with medical expenses

They are neighbors, friends and family, ensnared by chance cruelties of life. Most often they did nothing to bring about their pain and worry. They are accident victims, tots taken …


Pension, health care cuts proposed

OLYMPIA— The state could save billions by changing pension and health care plans, Gov. Chris Gregoire says.


How to pay for cancer treatments a growing concern

Soon after Valerie Berry was diagnosed with breast cancer, her thoughts turned to money. Even with private health insurance covering 80 percent of her costs, the bills soon stacked up. …