April 23, 2012 Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society, gave a fiery speech at annual meeting of Association of Health Care Journalists over the weekend. It was a no-holds-barred critique of the U.S. system of health care.
Newer cancer treatment drugs have raised the cost of treatment even more.
April 9, 2012 Cancer care costs more in the U.S., but people live longer than they do in European countries, according to new research. But the numbers are 10 years old, and it will take more research to know if today's increased spending is worth it.
March 27, 2012 On Day 2 of the sessions about the constitutionality of the health care overhaul, there were many tough questions for the government's lawyer. But it wasn't absolutely clear where the majority will come down, NPR's Nina Totenberg says.
The U.S. Supreme Court building.
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March 27, 2012 On Day 2 of three days hearing legal arguments about the health care overhaul, the justices will focus on the so-called mandate.
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No anesthesia here: A patient watches his colonoscopy as it happens at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital in New York.
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March 20, 2012 Anesthesia is being used more often for colonoscopies, even if people really don't need it. People in the Northeast are far more likely to be put to sleep, compared to the West Coast, where insurers are less likely to pay.
Dr. David Gross, medical director of the sleep lab at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C., says more than three-quarters of the patients who come to his lab are diagnosed with apnea.
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January 16, 2012 Sleep apnea is a condition that can raise the risk of several serious illnesses, including heart disease. Testing for the condition is a lucrative business, and sleep labs have sprung up across the country. But as spending skyrockets, insurers are rethinking how they pay for testing to curb costs.
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Interruptions in insurance coverage can be enough to deter people from getting preventive care.
January 4, 2012 People who go on and off health insurance fare as badly as people without coverage when it comes to preventive care. A study finds that gaps in coverage lead people with diabetes to skip tests that help keep the illness in check.
December 27, 2011 Hospitals may be the only places in America that aren't crazy for iPads. Security issues and incompatibility with hospital systems are two big reasons why tablet computers haven't caught on. But some doctors and patients say they're great for explaining complex medical issues.
Wouldn't you love to know what she's jotting down? Of course you would.
December 21, 2011 Patients have the legal right to see their doctor's notes, but actually getting them can be slow and expensive. Two new surveys say patients overwhelmingly want to read the notes. But doctors are much more dubious about the benefits of giving patients a window into their thoughts.
Do you really need that MRI, or is your doctor just trying to make a buck?
December 1, 2011 Maybe you didn't need that MRI, but your doctor did. Scans are more likely to find no problems if doctors make money from the MRI, a study concludes. Congress and the states have tried to crack down on doctors self-referring to scanners they own, but the practice continues to drive up health care costs.
November 14, 2011 As expected, the nation's High Court will take up the issue of whether the overhaul is constitutional.
November 8, 2011 The fact that Judge Laurence Silberman wrote the opinion may influence conservative members of the Supreme Court, analysts say.
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November 2, 2011 Wal-Mart may be setting a new trend by slashing health care for part-time workers. ATC host Robert Siegel chatted with John Rother, president of the National Coalition on Health Care, about the issue.
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September 6, 2011 Most patients don't negotiate with doctors and hospitals over the cost of health care. Consumer Reports says it's time they did. The shopping mavens say doctors can deliver better care for less if patients let them know that cost is an issue. But many patients are afraid to ask.
June 30, 2011 "Keep him alive if you can," I said.
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