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  • SYDNEY, Dec 9- Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Tuesday abandoned a plan to radically reshape Australia's universal healthcare system by charging patients a fee to see their doctor, a major back flip for his struggling conservative government. The A $7 "co-payment" fee, which had been included in an unpopular May budget, was heavily criticised by the opposition and...

  • 'Kickback' flak: Sanofi's caseload grows bigger Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 4:37 PM ET
    A Sanofi lab worker packages vaccines against the flu.

    Drug giant Sanofi is juggling legal and regulatory issues surrounding three cases involving alleged payments or inducements to medical providers.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 3- U.S. healthcare spending last year increased 3.6 percent over 2012, the smallest rate of growth since 1960, government officials announced on Wednesday. Per capita growth slowed even more, from 3.4 percent in 2012 to 2.9 percent last year, found the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. That modest increase likely reflects pressure that...

  • Lawsuit claims 'kickback' scheme at Sanofi Wednesday, 3 Dec 2014 | 3:27 PM ET
    Ousted Sanofi CEO Christopher Viehbacher

    A lawsuit accuses drug maker Sanofi and top executives, including its ousted CEO, of a million-dollar kickback scheme to promote diabetes drug sales.

  • Medicare doles out $45B in improper payments Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 10:46 AM ET

    Federal agencies have doled out billions in erroneous payments over the last five years, but the problem is worsening, Fiscal Times reports.

  • Sicker seniors: US elder health lags other nations Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 4:03 PM ET

    Americans seniors are in worse health and under greater financial pressure from medical costs than counterparts in 10 other industrialized nations.

  • Medicare program's payment rate for hospital outpatient services will increase 2.3 percent in calendar year 2015, while the rate for ambulatory surgical services will rise 1.4 percent, the federal government announced on Friday. The Medicare health insurance program for the elderly and disabled will also begin to pay doctors a monthly fee to coordinate...

  • Oct 30- Cigna Corp. said on Thursday that financial losses from the new Obamacare health insurance eased in the third quarter, becoming the second insurer this week to say that business was improving. Cigna, Aetna Inc and Humana Inc have said since the beginning of the year that they were posting losses on the plans because their patients were older and sicker...

  • Medicare agency focus of insider trading probes Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 AM ET
    Department of Health and Human Services building, Washington.

    Federal authorities are investigating whether officials at the agency that runs Medicare leaked information that landed with Wall Street traders.

  • Oct 28- Aetna Inc, the third-largest U.S. health insurer, said on Tuesday that third-quarter profit rose as the benefits of its Coventry government healthcare acquisition offset higher medical costs in its commercial business. This is also the first full year of owning the Coventry business, which specializes in Medicare and Medicaid plans from the U.S....

  • You better shop around: Medicare's open enrollment Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 2:14 PM ET

    Most people don't examine their current Medicare plan—or even consider options. But enrollees need to do that every year, experts say.

  • Oregon senator enrolled in low-income Medicaid Wednesday, 8 Oct 2014 | 6:10 PM ET
    Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    Jeff Merkley, a U.S. senator from Oregon, was improperly enrolled into low-income Medicaid by Cover Oregon.

  • Oct 1- Express Scripts Holding Co, the largest U.S. pharmacy benefit manager, said Walgreen Co would sell prescription drugs under its two Medicare Part D plans for 2015..

  • Oct 1- Express Scripts Holding Co, the largest U.S. pharmacy benefit manager, said its two Medicare Part D prescription drug plans would be available at Walgreen Co as part of Express Scripts' preferred pharmacy network.

  • Sept 30- U.S. drugstore chain Walgreen Co said lower insurer payments for prescriptions amid increased competition, and a rise in generic drug prices would continue to hurt margins in the current quarter, pressing its shares. Pharmacy chains such as Walgreen are contracted with health insurers and others that operate Medicare Part D drug plans.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 26- Three firms involved in the troubled Obamacare website HealthCare.gov have seen their contract values exceed initial estimates by more than a quarter-billion dollars, including the lead IT contractor at the time of the site's botched rollout, government data shows.

  • NEW YORK,- A Manhattan federal judge on Thursday said the U.S. Department of Justice may pursue most of its lawsuit accusing Novartis AG of civil fraud for allegedly using kickbacks to boost sales of drugs covered by Medicare and Medicaid.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 7- A Manhattan federal judge on Thursday said the U.S. Department of Justice may pursue most of its lawsuit accusing Novartis AG of civil fraud for allegedly using kickbacks to boost sales of drugs covered by Medicare and Medicaid.

  • In California, however, insurers' projections of 2014 medical spending were fairly accurate. Other companies planning to sell 2015 Obamacare policies in California include Kaiser Permanente, Health Net, and Molina Healthcare. California is the largest of about a dozen states to announce proposed 2015 rates.

  • In California, however, insurers' projections of 2014 medical spending were fairly accurate. California is the largest of about a dozen states to announce proposed 2015 rates.