Healthcare Reform

Knowing prices tied to lower healthcare spending

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who search and compare the prices of common healthcare services tend to spend a bit less than people who don’t, according to a new study.

Wall St. gains on industrial earnings but ends off highs

NEW YORK - Earnings from Caterpillar and 3M drove Wall Street higher on Thursday but stocks pared gains in late trading after reports that a New York hospital was running Ebola tests on a healthcare worker.

23 Oct 2014

Insurer Epic offers Ebola cover for U.S. health and emergency workers

LONDON - U.S. insurer Epic said on Thursday it had launched Ebola indemnity cover for U.S. healthcare and emergency workers.

Health, U.S. 23 Oct 2014

Some U.S. hospitals weigh withholding care to Ebola patients

CHICAGO/NEW YORK - The Ebola crisis is forcing the American healthcare system to consider the previously unthinkable: withholding some medical interventions because they are too dangerous to doctors and nurses and unlikely to help a patient.

22 Oct 2014

Hospital patients rarely wash their hands, may spread disease

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Although healthcare workers are urged to wash their hands often and hand sanitizer dispensers are everywhere in hospitals, patients are less scrupulous and may be contributing to the spread of hospital-acquired infections, say Canadian researchers.

22 Oct 2014

U.S. hospitals gird for Ebola panic as flu season looms

NEW YORK - A young woman complaining of abdominal pain and nausea who had traveled to Africa arrived at a Long Island hospital fearful that she had contracted Ebola. She did not have the virus, but the pregnancy test was positive.

U.S., Health 19 Oct 2014

Exclusive: Fresenius, buyout groups eye Danone Medical Nutrition unit - sources

FRANKFURT - German healthcare group Fresenius as well as buyout groups PAI and Permira are exploring an acquisition of the medical nutrition business of Danone after efforts of U.S. drugmaker Hospira to buy the unit failed, people familiar with the matter said.

17 Oct 2014

Dallas health workers monitored for Ebola to stay out of public

DALLAS - Some 75 healthcare workers being monitored for Ebola after treating an infected patient in Dallas will stay out of public places and avoid public transportation, officials said on Thursday.

Politics, U.S., Health 16 Oct 2014

U.S. medics to soon start staffing Ebola hospital in Liberia

WASHINGTON - Some 65 U.S. medical personnel will arrive in the next week or so to staff a U.S.-military built hospital in Liberia that will treat healthcare workers who contract Ebola, a centerpiece of U.S. efforts to fight the epidemic, a top general said Thursday.

U.S., Health 16 Oct 2014

India's Ranbaxy to pay $40 million to settle Texas Medicaid pricing litigation

MUMBAI - Indian generic drugmaker Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd said it has agreed to pay $39.75 million to settle litigation concerning its participation in Texas Medicaid, the U.S. federal-state healthcare program for people with low incomes.

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