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  • 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.

  • Here’s How to Save $2 Trillion on Health Care Sunday, 13 Jan 2013 | 4:30 PM ET

    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.

  • Major Flu Outbreak Could Slow US Economy Further Thursday, 10 Jan 2013 | 12:00 AM ET

    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.

  • Let Americans Shop for Health Care: Athenahealth CEO Wednesday, 2 Jan 2013 | 12:28 PM ET

    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.

  • Obamacare Tax Hikes May Just Be Getting Started Tuesday, 25 Dec 2012 | 3:20 PM ET

    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.

  • Medicare Premium Increase Plan Redefines 'Well-Off' Thursday, 20 Dec 2012 | 9:45 AM ET

    Income-based premium hikes are likely part of any budget deal, and would eventually affect one in four retirees.

  • Basic Hygiene at Risk in Debt-Stricken Greek Hospitals Wednesday, 5 Dec 2012 | 5:40 AM ET
    Since 2000, the number of trained nurses entering the job market has increased, but demand is expected to outpace it  according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This leaves many nursing positions unfilled.“There are lots of different nursing categories, but there are always shortages,” said Tony Lee, publisher of  and  “Every time they go through a hiring binge, they have to have another one six months later because of demand.”

    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.

  • Countries With Aging Populations Tuesday, 30 Oct 2012 | 10:32 PM ET

    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.

  • Countries With Aging Populations Tuesday, 30 Oct 2012 | 10:32 PM ET
    The world is rapidly aging. A whopping 2 billion people will be 60 years and older by 2050, more than triple the amount in 2000, according to the World Health Organization.This demographic change has major implications for the global economy. Some of the world's biggest economies are facing rising healthcare costs, a shrinking workforce, higher pension costs and diminishing fertility rates. Many countries have already begun adapting to their increasingly aging populations by raising the retireme

    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.

  • DNA

    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 Jacobs: Mighty Payoff to Mobile Medicine Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 10:53 AM ET

    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.

  • Stakes for Alzheimer's Cure Rise as America Ages Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 2:56 PM ET
    Man with Alzheimer

    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.

  • Skin Cancer Thrives as Tanning Culture Survives Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 8:17 AM ET
    Doctor examining skin cancer

    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.

  • As Waistlines Grow, So Do Refrigerators Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 8:12 AM ET
    Refrigerators stand on display at a Conn's Inc. store in Houston, Texas, U.S., on Tuesday Sept. 4, 2012.

    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?

  • Food Allergy Business Booms Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 8:08 AM ET
    Strawberry Shortcakes

    With 12 million Americans allergic to one food item or another, sales of specialty foods are soaring.

  • Reaction from the Hill     Thursday, 28 Jun 2012 | 1:20 PM ET

    Rep. Chris Van Hollen, (D-MD), says that Obamacare changes the course of health care in America for the better, and will "continue to improve the quality of life for all Americans as it is fully phased in."

  • Niche Retirement Communities for Boomers Tuesday, 26 Jun 2012 | 4:34 PM ET
    in Fremont, Calif., is a retirement community catering to Chinese-American retirees. According to its website, “our focus on Chinese culture is reflected in everything we do.”The community features architecture based on the principles of  and activities include both Chinese pursuits like  and  as well as American standbys like bingo and bridge. The staff is Chinese- and English-speaking and health-care providers include several from China who are fluent in multiple languages and dialects.

    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.

  • Health Care: Waiting Is the Hardest Part Tuesday, 26 Jun 2012 | 8:55 AM ET
    American healthcare reform

    What many business owners, analysts and experts say is that no matter what happens with the Supreme Court, some sort of closure is needed to the healthcare debate.