Healthcare Reform

UN's Ban urges end to discrimination against Ebola workers


CONAKRY - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday urged countries affected by the Ebola virus to avoid discriminating against healthcare workers fighting to end the disease.

U.N. chief praises Ebola nurses, pledges support during visit

HASTINGS, Sierra Leone - U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday praised healthcare workers fighting the Ebola virus as he paid his first visit to Liberia and Sierra Leone following an outbreak that has killed nearly 7,000 people. | Video

19 Dec 2014

Cigarette smoking costs weigh heavily on the healthcare system

- Of every $10 spent on healthcare in the U.S., almost 90 cents is due to smoking, a new analysis says.

19 Dec 2014

Philips expands in medical devices with $1.2 billion Volcano deal

AMSTERDAM - Philips has agreed to acquire U.S.-based medical device maker Volcano Corp for $1.2 billion including debt, its largest healthcare acquisition in seven years and a bid to cash in on an aging population's need for more complex treatments.

17 Dec 2014

Grim outlook for healthcare, hospital sector in 2015: rating agencies

- The outlook for non-profit healthcare remains dour for 2015, as hospital operating margins continue to face pressure from rising costs and weaker reimbursement.

16 Dec 2014

U.S. government says demand for 2015 Obamacare plans jumped in week ending December 12

- The U.S. government said on Tuesday that demand for the health insurance plans created under the national healthcare reform law, often called Obamacare, jumped during the fourth week of 2015 open enrollment to over 1 million people.

Politics, Health 16 Dec 2014

Ex-Sony employees sue, claim company failed to protect data

- Sony Pictures Entertainment has been sued by two self-described former employees who accuse the movie studio of failing to protect Social Security numbers, healthcare records, salaries and other data from computer hackers who attacked it last month.

Tech, Media 16 Dec 2014

Tennessee governor proposes alternative plan to Obamacare

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam will call a special session of the state Legislature to consider a plan aimed at providing healthcare coverage to state residents who either do not have insurance or whose options are limited, he said on Monday.

15 Dec 2014

U.S. corporate health exchanges find no new blue chip clients

NEW YORK - Healthcare companies including Aetna Inc, Mercer and Towers Watson & Co have invested hundreds of millions of dollars to build exchanges that allow company employees to buy their own insurance, betting that Corporate America wants to get out of managing workers' health benefits.

15 Dec 2014

Do patients mind if their healthcare data is shared? It depends

Reuters Health - Healthcare data may be valuable to researchers and companies, but patients' comfort levels about having their data shared may depend on the purpose, a new survey suggests.

15 Dec 2014


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