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2007 spending on prescription drugs slows

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Spending on prescription drugs in 2007 showed the smallest increase in 40-plus years, driven by low-cost drugs and prescriptions, the U.S. government said.

Physicians not prone to philanthropy

WASHINGTON, March 23 (UPI) -- A survey of U.S. physicians suggests the number of doctors providing charitable care has been steadily declining during the past decade.

Health costs eat into U.S. economy

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- By 2015, healthcare costs will hit $4 trillion and account for 20 percent of the U.S. economy, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services projects.

Rural, urban physician income similar

WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Research shows average incomes for U.S. physicians in rural areas are not significantly different from what their urban colleagues earn.

Health proposals lack cost growth controls

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- A policy analyst Wednesday said neither U.S. presidential candidate has put forward a plan to control the growth in the cost of healthcare.

HealthBiz: Creating business-friendly HSAs

WASHINGTON, July 22 (UPI) -- Health savings accounts have some shortcomings for business, Medicare is going to reimburse hospitals and providers for treating the uninsured, and other health policy news.
ELLEN BECK, United Press International

Analysis: Congress needs to work on HSAs

WASHINGTON, July 12 (UPI) -- Health savings accounts are steadily pushing their way into the U.S. health plan picture, but analysts think their ultimate success and market share could depend on how inclusive and adaptable they can become over time.
ELLEN BECK, United Press International

HealthBiz: Drug prices still top issue

WASHINGTON, June 10 (UPI) -- Drug prices, whether generally or connected to the Medicare drug discount card, remain the focus of healthcare concerns inside the Beltway, a pharmacy benefit manager launches an effort to help health plans encourage members to use generic prescriptions,
ELLEN BECK, United Press International

HealthBiz: New law brings opportunities

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- The Medicare prescription drug law is a boon to monitoring device companies that can combine technology with patient education and self care, and other health business news.
ELLEN BECK, United Press International

More health care choice equals more cost

Health experts said Wednesday employer-sponsored health insurance plans will begin empowering workers with much more choice and greater responsibility in an effort to control skyrocketing costs.
ELLEN BECK, United Press International

Medicare could face higher deductible

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- The recent Medicare legislation passed by Congress could result in more employers requiring employees to pay more toward health care.

Analysis: Medicare deal faces tough road

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- The legislative compromise reached over the weekend on Medicare prescription drug coverage is not an overwhelming hit with either Democrats or Republicans and the bill's true deal makers or breakers just might be senior citizens.
ELLEN BECK, United Press International

Drug costs bar blacks from treatment

WASHINGTON, July 24 (UPI) -- Elderly black Medicare beneficiaries are more than twice as likely as whites to report they can't afford prescriptions.

Washington Agenda-General

UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL
By United Press International

Of Human Interest: News lite

Already relegated to the basement, a smiling portrait of President Bush has now been banished from the J. Joseph Moakley federal courthouse in Boston.
ELLEN BECK, United Press International
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