Spending on drugs to treat common diseases fell 1.5 percent among customers who receive prescription benefits through commercial insurers.
A sharp and surprisingly persistent slowdown in the growth of health care costs is helping to narrow the federal deficit, leaving budget experts trying to figure out whether the trend will last.
A new report shows non-network providers are charging insured patients outrageous out-of-network fees. Doctors fault insurers for reimbursing doctors at far lower rates than before.
Making the health care system function better could save $2 trillion on health costs over the next decade, Dr. David Blumenthal, Commonwealth Fund president, told CNBC on Friday.
One of the worst flu seasons in a decade is putting further strains on an already sluggish U.S. economy as companies get slammed with increased health care costs and lower productivity from widespread worker absences.
A patch to stop the reimbursement cuts to doctors who treat Medicare patients included in the "cliff" deal doesn’t address patient disengagement from the health care process, Athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush told CNBC on Wednesday.
It's hard to see how lawmakers can avoid touching health insurance if they want to eliminate loopholes and curtail deductions so as to raise revenue and lower tax rates.
Income-based premium hikes are likely part of any budget deal, and would eventually affect one in four retirees.
Greek hospitals are in such dire straits that staff are failing to keep up basic disease controls such as using gloves and gowns, threatening a rise in multi-drug-resistant infections, according to Europe's top health official.
Some 150 workers at TriHealth, a Cincinnati-based health care company are unemployed today because they refused to get a free, company-sponsored flu shot. Michael Cannon, Cato Institute, thinks the company has a right to make this decision, while Barbara Fisher, National Vaccine Information Center, thinks this a violation of the workers' informed consent rights.
The world is rapidly aging. A whopping two billion people will be 60 years and older by 2050, more than triple the number in 2000.
We've come up with a list of countries with the starkest gap between the number of old and the number of young. Find out which countries have the biggest gap between old and young.
The managing partner of Google's venture capital, Bill Maris, says under-investment in health sciences is short-sighted.
The goal is to enable physicians and pharmaceutical companies to use complex genetic data to tailor treatment on an individual basis, according to Mike Pellini, CEO of Foundation Medical.
Qualcomm's CEO Paul Jacobs says the smart phone will become a focal point for wirelessly connecting medical devices, diagnostics and sensors, and providing near real-time information.
The aging of America is taking a toll on the health care system. By 2050, the cost of treating Alzheimer's patients will hit $1 trillion a year.
Despite piles of research on the skin cancer risks of sun exposure and tanning beds, dermatologists and cancer groups struggle to persuade people to protect their skin from ultraviolet rays.
The average US refrigerator is 15 percent larger than 30 years ago, and one out of four homes has a second one. See a problem?
With 12 million Americans allergic to one food item or another, sales of specialty foods are soaring.
According to AARP, 78 million baby boomers are reaching retirement age. Read ahead to learn about the niche retirement communities serving the needs of silver-haired boomers.