Slowly but surely, we are seeing the practical effects of the Trump administration’s efforts to sow uncertainty over the Affordable Care Act’s future. They look like the very early stages of collapse

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Quantity Over Quality?

June 9, 2017

Minority patients face a double whammy: Not only are they more likely to miss out on effective medical treatments than white patients, but, according to a new study, they’re also more likely to receive an abundance of ineffective services

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Blood from the Sky

June 8, 2017

Zipline’s ambitious medical drone delivery in Africa. In Rwanda, an early commercial test of unmanned aerial vehicles cuts a medical facility’s time to procure blood from four hours to 15 minutes

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Johns Hopkins study finds ‘Price gouging’ especially prevalent among for-profit hospitals that treat minorities, uninsured patients

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Now, drug industry players are feuding over the windfall. Amid public concern over spiking drug prices, a powerful middleman is suing a tiny drugmaker over unpaid rebates and fees. The maker calls the suit baseless; analysts say the suit offers a window into an opaque world

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Last year, the government gave Sanofi, which is one of the world’s largest vaccine makers, a $43 million grant. Another $130 million may follow as research continues. The Army also disclosed plans to award Sanofi an exclusive license to a pair of patents that are crucial to the vaccine

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With a flagship treatment that helps fewer than 11,000 people, how is Alexion making so much money?

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Putting A Lid On Waste

May 24, 2017

Needless medical tests not only cost $200B – they can do harm. This overly aggressive care also can harm patients, generating mistakes and injuries believed to cause 30,000 deaths each year

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