Healthcare Reform

China to expand medical insurance for major illnesses

BEIJING - China will expand medical insurance to cover all critical illnesses for all urban and rural residents by the end of the year, the cabinet said on Sunday, the latest step in a plan to fix a healthcare system that has sparked public discontent.

Healthcare deals lift July to 7th busiest M&A month on record

LONDON - A surge of takeover activity involving healthcare, financial and retail companies lifted the value of deals in July over $430 billion, making it the seventh-busiest mergers and acquisition month on record, Thomson Reuters data showed.

Health, Deals 31 Jul 2015

CareFirst doubles cost savings by sharing rewards with U.S. doctors

- Insurer CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield said on Thursday its cost savings on providing healthcare rose sharply last year in a program that rewards U.S. doctors for keeping patients out of the hospital.

30 Jul 2015

Planned Parenthood reports second website hack in a week

- Planned Parenthood said electronic traffic to its websites was snarled by computer hackers on Wednesday in the second cyber attack mounted against the healthcare organization this week amid a controversy over alleged sales of aborted fetal tissue.

U.S. predicts 5.8 pct average rise in healthcare spending through 2024

NEW YORK - The U.S. government expects healthcare spending to increase by 5.8 percent annually on average from 2014 through 2024 as more Americans gain insurance coverage and the improved economy drives patients to visit doctors and hospitals.

28 Jul 2015

Healthcare improving for older Americans

(Reuters Health) - The number of deaths, hospital stays and healthcare costs decreased among older Americans on Medicare over the past 15 years, according to a new study.

28 Jul 2015

Americans report improved health, better healthcare: study

- Americans are reporting improved health and better healthcare two years after health insurance became available under the Affordable Care Act, according to a new study published on Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

28 Jul 2015

Rand Paul plans to keep pushing to defund U.S. Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON - U.S. Republican presidential contender Rand Paul said on Sunday he plans to push Congress to cut federal funding for the non-profit reproductive healthcare organization Planned Parenthood in a debate over its treatment of aborted fetal tissue. | Video

Politics, U.S. 26 Jul 2015

Rand Paul plans to keep pushing to defund U.S. Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON - U.S. Republican presidential contender Rand Paul said on Sunday he plans to push Congress to cut federal funding for the non-profit reproductive healthcare organization Planned Parenthood in a debate over its treatment of aborted fetal tissue. | Video

U.S., Politics 26 Jul 2015

U.S. health insurer mergers to speed industry deals: experts

- Anthem Inc's decision to buy Cigna Corp, forming the largest U.S. health insurer by membership, will likely speed consolidation across the healthcare industry, from hospitals to drugmakers.

Health, Deals 24 Jul 2015

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