January 19, 2012 A nonprofit group that's trying to get doctors and other health professionals to be more thoughtful about health costs just named winners in an essay contest. Two essays by patients suggest haggling over prices and questioning the necessity of some care can pay off.
January 12, 2012 Just 1 percent of the population accounted for 21.8 percent of all U.S. health spending in 2009. And just 5 percent accounted for half the total spending.
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September 21, 2011 There are $1,000 prizes to be had for the best essays about how medical decisions affect the cost of care. There are separate categories for patients and clinicians. And the essays can reveal cost horrors or smart ways the system does more with less.
July 28, 2011 The Affordable Care Act will boost the number of people with health insurance by about 30 million over the next decade, while health costs overall will rise by one-tenth of a percentage point more than they would have if the law hadn't passed.
A breast cancer patient receives an experimental cancer treatment at the University of California, San Francisco, in 2005.
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June 6, 2011 The costs of cancer care stretch the financial resources of people with health insurance. And a study in Washington state finds the risk of bankruptcy is highest for people with cancer of the lung, thyroid, leukemia and lymphoma.
May 11, 2011 Even though the rate of health cost inflation slowed last year, it's still far greater than inflation. Increased spending on outpatient care is a big factor.
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