Many States Say ‘No’ to Health Insurance Exchanges

December 19, 2012

Half of the states in the nation have rebuffed a key provision of the Obama administration’s health reform law: the creation of state-based health insurance exchanges, according to data compiled by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. States had until Friday, Dec. 14, to submit blueprints for creating their state-based insurance exchanges.


Cancer Costs Billions Yearly in U.S. Worker Productivity: Study

December 17, 2012

MONDAY, Dec. 17 (HealthDay News) — The cost of lost productivity among U.S. workers with cancer is equal to 20 percent of the nation’s health care spending, according to a new study.
Researchers analyzed national data from 2004 to 2008 and found that more than 3.3 million American workers are diagnosed with cancer each year. This [...]


Heavy Smokers Cut Back the Most When Cigarette Taxes Rise: Study

December 4, 2012

TUESDAY, Dec. 4 (HealthDay News) — Boosting cigarettes taxes may cause heavy smokers to cut back more than lighter smokers, researchers have found.
The finding is surprising because it’s long been believed that heavy smokers would be most resistant to cigarette price increases, said Patricia Cavazos-Rehg, a research assistant professor of psychiatry at Washington University School [...]


Health Reform May Still Face Partisan Resistance: Report

November 28, 2012

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28 (HealthDay News) — Despite his re-election, President Barack Obama may still face Republican resistance to implementing parts of the health care reform law, a new report suggests.
Researchers analyzed newly released polls and found that 78 percent of people who voted for Obama favor implementing or expanding the Affordable Care Act, while 84 [...]


Doctors’ Pay Increases Lag Other Health Professionals

November 27, 2012

TUESDAY, Nov. 27 (HealthDay News) — The incomes of U.S. doctors have grown less than the incomes of other health professionals over the past few decades, a new study indicates.
Researchers analyzed data collected between 1987 and 2010 from more than 30,500 health professionals across the country, including nearly 6,300 physicians, and found that the [...]


Cardiac Screening for All Young Athletes Carries Big Price Tag: Study

November 26, 2012

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Nov. 26 (HealthDay News) — A new study suggests it would be wildly expensive — more than $10 million per life saved — to require American high school and college athletes to undergo heart testing to weed out those at risk for fatal cardiac complications from playing sports.
The mandatory screening [...]


‘E-Medicine’ May Not Be Cost Saver After All, Study Says

November 21, 2012

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Nov. 20 (HealthDay News) — Patients who can access their medical records and test results online tend to use more medical services and visit their doctor more often than before, according to a surprising new study.
It was believed that viewing health records electronically and being able to email the doctor would [...]


Costly, Repeat Medical Testing Common for Medicare Patients: Study

November 19, 2012

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Nov. 19 (HealthDay News) — Many Medicare patients undergo some kind of repeat medical testing, a new study finds. But it’s unclear whether giving the same test twice protects recipients’ health or just piles on costs to an already overburdened system.
“There is a substantial amount of retesting,” said study co-author Kevin [...]


Better Economic Status Tied to Peanut Allergy in Kids: Study

November 9, 2012

FRIDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) — Children in more affluent families are more likely to develop peanut allergy, a preliminary study suggests.
The researchers said their findings support the theory that a lack of exposure to germs during early childhood increases the future risk of allergies. This so-called “hygiene hypothesis” suggests that living in an overly [...]


Doctors With More Experience May Have Lower Care Costs

November 5, 2012

MONDAY, Nov. 5 (HealthDay News) — The most highly experienced doctors spend less money treating patients than those with fewer years of experience, according to a new study.
Researchers used private insurance plan claims for more than 1 million Massachusetts residents in 2004 and 2005 to create health care cost profiles for more than 12,000 doctors [...]



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