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Big Pharma Says Drug Prices Reflect R&D Cost. Researchers Call BS

United States. The ALS community rejoiced; the drug’s authorization was described as a “long-sought victory for patients.”   But the next day, the price of the medicine was revealed: $158,000 a year. This was far higher than what the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review, an independent nonprofit that analyzes health care costs, had estimated would be a reasonable price, …

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Yes on California Proposition 29: This measure would protect dialysis patients’ lives

BY CARMEN CARTAGENAAUG. 24, 2022 3:45 PM PT   Vote Yes on Proposition 29 on the Nov. 8 ballot would make California dialysis clinics have certain reporting requirements, ownership disclosures and at least one physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant on-site while patients are being treated. Here, two essays argue for and against the ballot …

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Some hospitals rake in high profits while their patients are loaded with medical debt

September 28, 20225:01 AM ET PROSPER, Texas — Almost everything about the opening of the 2019 Prosper High School Eagles’ football season was big. The game in this Dallas-Fort Worth suburb began with fireworks and a four-airplane flyover. A trained eagle soared over the field. And some 12,000 fans filled the team’s new stadium, a …

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CALIFORNIA Health plan shake-up could disrupt coverage for low-income Californians

BY BERNARD J. WOLFSON KAISER HEALTH NEWS Almost 2 million of California’s poorest and most medically fragile residents may have to switch health insurers as a result of a new strategy by the state to improve care in its Medicaid program. A first-ever statewide contracting competition to participate in the program, known as Medi-Cal, required commercial …

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Biden hopes ending cancer can be a ‘national purpose’ for U.S.

By ZEKE MILLER and CARLA K. JOHNSON Associated Press SEPT. 12, 2022 4:33 PM PT BOSTON — President Biden on Monday urged Americans to come together for a new “national purpose” — his administration’s effort to end cancer “as we know it.” At the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Biden channeled JFK’s famed moonshot speech 60 years ago, …

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