U.S. Health Care Lags Worldwide for Those Over 65

The United States still has mortifying lapses and problems, despite spending more on health care than any country in the world, a new Commonwealth Fund report reveals.

Paid to Promote Eye Drug, and Prescribing It Widely

08EYE thumbStandard Paid to Promote Eye Drug, and Prescribing It WidelyHalf of the 20 doctors who received the most money from Genentech to promote its drug Lucentis in 2013 were among the highest users of the drug in 2012, a federal database shows.

Hospitals and Health Law

Kenneth E. Raske of the Greater New York Hospital Association writes that efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act are “bad news for America’s hospitals.”

Pace of Health Care Cost Increases Falls to a 54-Year Low

The data for 2013 did not show, however, whether cost controls in the Affordable Care Act or the aftereffects of the recession were responsible for the slowdown.

Part D for Drug Coverage — and Drudgery

Like doing our taxes, signing up for Medicare Part D, the insurance program for drug coverage, takes days out of our lives and leaves us sitting in a heap of papers with a splitting headache.

When Health Coverage Expansion Means Longer Waits for a Doctor

25up health thumbStandard When Health Coverage Expansion Means Longer Waits for a DoctorWith more patients seeking care and the same number of providers, the outcome seems obvious. Yet research points to possible solutions.

Private Sector in Health

Robert I. Field of Drexel University writes that “the symbiosis between the government and private insurers under the Affordable Care Act should come as no surprise.”

Tip on Medicare Spurs Insider Trading Investigation

insiderjp thumbStandard Tip on Medicare Spurs Insider Trading InvestigationFederal regulators are looking into whether a report by Height Securities that led to stock price jumps among health insurers was based on information obtained illegally.

In Control, Republican Lawmakers See Budget as Way to Push Agenda

BUDGET web thumbStandard In Control, Republican Lawmakers See Budget as Way to Push AgendaCongressional Republicans have plans to transform Medicare and Medicaid and to cut taxes for high earners, measures once out of reach with Democrats controlling the Senate.

1964: Medicare Foe Says He’ll Act

13iht oldnov13 mills thumbStandard 1964: Medicare Foe Says Hell ActFrom the International Herald Tribune archives: A Republican opponent agreed to usher through the Medicare bill in 1964.

Medicare Proposes Paying for Lung Cancer Screenings for Older Longtime Smokers

A draft decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would extend coverage for CT scans to Medicare beneficiaries who smoked at least a pack a day for 30 years or the equivalent.

U.S. Finds Many Failures in Medicare Health Plans

Federal audits found many coverage denials for medical services and prescription drugs are poorly explained or unjustified. Insurers usually do not deny it, but pay a penalty and carry on.

Extendicare Agrees to Pay $38 Million Over Inadequate Nursing Home Care

The company settled after it was accused of inappropriate billing and providing care to residents that was effectively worthless.

Easier Time in Health Marketplace Is Promised

Officials said that the revamped HealthCare.gov would not crash, and that most signing up for the first time would visit much fewer screens.

Care at the End of Life

All too often, such care for Americans is shoddy or contrary to a patient’s wishes.