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Why do foreign countries pay less than the U.S. for prescription drugs?

Jul 9, 2019
The answer comes down to one key tactic: negotiation.
A pharmacy's green cross sign in Nantes, western France.
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Here's how it works if you're undocumented and need health care

Jul 9, 2019
If a person without authorization to be in the U.S. can afford it, they can purchase nongovernment-subsidized insurance. But few jobs pay enough.
Medical students give a check-up to a Jamaican migrant worker on a H2A visa at a Connecticut apple orchard and farm on October 11, 2017 in Middlefield, Connecticut.
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Many in the health care industry already lining up to derail 'Medicare-for-all'

Feb 8, 2019
Patients may like the sound of "Medicare-for-all," but for many of the hospitals and doctors who would treat them, it's a nonstarter.
Patients may like the sound of "Medicare-for-all," but for many of the hospitals and doctors who would treat them, it's a nonstarter. 
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GE has a long-term care insurance problem

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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Will that extra money in your Social Security check add up to much?

Oct 11, 2018
An estimated 67 million Americans receiving the benefits will see a 2.8 percent cost-of-living boost to their checks.
Blank checks run through a printer at the U.S. Treasury printing facility in Philadelphia in 2011. 
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Our Social Security system is in even worse shape than we think, according to one academic

Jun 6, 2018
An economics professor from Boston University says that a new report on Social Security and Medicare is hiding the truth.
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Trump unveils plan for cutting drug prices. Will it work?

May 11, 2018
President Donald Trump on Friday took the wraps off his long-awaited plan for cutting drug prices. In a speech, the president announced measures to increase competition and pricing transparency as ways to drive down costs, which have been spiraling. He did not put forward any plan to use the huge buying power of the federal […]

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3 things to look for in Trump’s speech on drug pricing

May 10, 2018
The president is set to talk about his plans to lower the price of drugs on Friday.
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Capping out-of-pocket drug costs for Medicare patients wouldn't lower drug prices

Apr 30, 2018
Several health economists and policy experts argue until Washington forces drug companies to lower their overall prices, an out-of-pocket Medicare cap is just dabbling at the edges.
A pharmacy technician counts out a prescription of antibiotic pills.
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Should you worry about the national debt?

Feb 16, 2018
We have short-term focus but a long-term problem.
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney testifies before the Senate Budget Committee Tuesday on the 2019 budget proposal released the day before.
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