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How specialist agencies help Chinese mothers give birth in the U.S.

by Jennifer Pak Mar 7, 2019
Expectant parents pay them tens of thousands of dollars to arrange every aspect of their trip.
The 2013 movie "Finding Mr Right" is a romantic comedy focused on Wen Jiajia, an unmarried pregnant woman from Beijing who flees to Seattle to give birth. It raised awareness of the trend of Chinese women having American babies.
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Cancer death rates have fallen 27 percent

by Andy Uhler Jan 9, 2019
Oncology experts say advances in cancer drugs have played a major role.
Cathy Bradley says many cancer patients stay at work because they need the health insurance their employer provides.
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Flu season could be less damaging, experts say

by Erika Beras Jan 8, 2019
During last year’s season, an estimated 80,000 people died.
A sign advertising flu shots is displayed at a Walgreens pharmacy on Jan. 22, 2018 in San Francisco, California. 
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ER bills are expensive. And secretive.

by Sean McHenry Jan 7, 2019
In some hospitals, you could pay thousands of dollars just to sit in the waiting room.
"The costs are high — and they vary hugely from hospital to hospital," says Vox's Sarah Kliff. "Case in point: I found one hospital charging $1 for a squirt of an antibiotic ointment called bacitracin —and another charging $76."
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Big Pharma is betting big on cancer drugs

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer Jan 3, 2019
Bristol-Myers Squibb announced Thursday that it’s going to acquire another drugmaker, Celgene. The deal is worth about $74 billion. The combined company will have nine products with sales of more than a billion dollars a year, including some blockbuster cancer…
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GE has a long-term care insurance problem

by Kimberly Adams Jan 1, 2019
Caring for the elderly is expensive for insurers and for families.
A home health aide helps an elderly man with his laundry in Miami.
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How the U.S. measures up when it comes to women's health

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer Dec 24, 2018
A sweeping new study from the Commonwealth Fund looked at more than 9,000 women in 11 developed countries and found that women in this country pay more for health care than women in the other countries but are less healthy.…

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How to maximize the value of flexible spending accounts

by , and Dec 14, 2018
Use it or lose it? Make sure you take advantage of every dollar.
Be sure to document your medication expenses.
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With midterm elections just days away, candidates focus on health care

by Kimberly Adams Oct 24, 2018
The ads tell the story as Democrats and Republicans work to ease voters' fears about pre-existing conditions.
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With midterm elections just days away, candidates focus on health care

by Kimberly Adams Oct 24, 2018
The ads tell the story as Democrats and Republicans work to ease voters' fears about pre-existing conditions.
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