Ben Carson Is Inspiring, but Not for President

01KRISTOF thumbStandard Ben Carson Is Inspiring, but Not for PresidentThe good doctor has lessons to offer the public, but kooky ideas for the nation.

New Medicare Rule Authorizes ‘End-of-Life’ Consultations

The Obama administration’s announcement touched off none of the rancor over “death panels” that came up during debate on the Affordable Care Act in 2009.

The Most Ridiculous Comments of the Republican Debate: Readers Weigh In

30northWEB thumbStandard The Most Ridiculous Comments of the Republican Debate: Readers Weigh InReaders called out the candidates, the moderators and The New York Times in our debate survey.

Paul Ryan Set to Take Over as Speaker, Hoping to Manage the Chaos

30cong web thumbStandard Paul Ryan Set to Take Over as Speaker, Hoping to Manage the ChaosThe Wisconsin Republican insisted on the backing of the party’s right wing before taking the job. But budget issues could soon test that unity.

Undeserved Payments to Hospitals

29boffeyWEB thumbStandard Undeserved Payments to HospitalsThe American Hospital Association is attacking a payment change that would benefit the American people.

The G.O.P.’s Economic Policy Problem

The debate exposes a continuing absence of fresh thinking.

Doctors Who Work for Hospitals Charge More. That’s Set to Change.

07up doctors art thumbStandard Doctors Who Work for Hospitals Charge More. That’s Set to Change.A budget deal is expected to remove a big incentive that has been driving hospitals to acquire doctors’ practices.

Agreement Is Seen as Short-Term Relief for Medicare and Social Security

The budget agreement reached this week will prevent a spike in Medicare premiums and a deep cut in Social Security benefits, experts said, but offers no long-term solution for either program.

Ben Carson’s Health Care Plan: New and More Confusing

28UP Carsonhealth thumbStandard Ben Carson’s Health Care Plan: New and More ConfusingIt would be a big change, and its details are perplexing, but it involves health spending accounts.

Jeb Bush Calls for Curtailing Costs of Social Security and Medicare

27firstdraft bush thumbStandard Jeb Bush Calls for Curtailing Costs of Social Security and MedicareJeb Bush introduced a set proposals aimed at improving the financial health of Medicare and Social Security, calling for a reduction in subsidies for high-income seniors and an increase in the Social Security retirement age.

Costs for Dementia Care Far Exceeding Other Diseases, Study Finds

27COST1 thumbStandard Costs for Dementia Care Far Exceeding Other Diseases, Study FindsAn Annals of Internal Medicine paper reports that the money needed to treat dementia in a patient’s final five years is greater than for heart disease and cancer.

To Reduce the Cost of Drugs, Look to Europe

00up heathdrug thumbStandard To Reduce the Cost of Drugs, Look to EuropeA system called reference pricing, used in several other countries, controls costs without harming innovation.

Hillary Clinton Puts Republicans on Spot on Looming Entitlement Threat

16firstdraft clinton thumbStandard Hillary Clinton Puts Republicans on Spot on Looming Entitlement Threat“At a time when out-of-pocket medical costs are already rising, we cannot afford to let Republican obstructionism pile additional costs on our seniors,” said Hillary Rodham Clinton, reacting to the issue of no increase in Social Security benefits

Medicare Premiums May Soar as Social Security Payments Stay Flat

Unless Congress acts, some beneficiaries will face premium increases of about 50 percent, the largest rise, by far, in the history of Medicare.

Check Your Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, Then Check It Again

The annual open enrollment period for Medicare begins Thursday, and if you buy a stand-alone prescription drug plan, health experts say you should review your policy and compare options.