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Health Headlines for Tuesday, January 2

Why the U.S. Spends So Much More Than Other Nations on Health Care

New York Times

The United States spends almost twice as much on health care, as a percentage of its economy, as other advanced industrialized countries — totaling $3.3 trillion, or 17.9 percent of gross domestic product in 2016.

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The Health 202: Generic drugs had a great 2017

Washington Post

During his first year in office, President Trump took no direct action to lower the country’s sky-high prescription drug prices, something that he vowed to tackle during the 2016 campaign.

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Authorities Are Cracking Down on Opioid-Peddling Doctors


The pain clinic tucked into the corner of a low-slung suburban strip mall was an open secret.

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2018 Outlook on Politics and Policy: Insurers will come out ahead

Mondern Healthcare

Despite a year of policy delays, glitches and uncertainty, insurers may be the ones to come out ahead of other segments of the industry in 2018.

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Judge tosses AHA challenge to 340B cuts

Modern Healthcare

A federal judge on Friday allowed the CMS to move forward with its planned $1.6 billion cut to a federal drug discount program.

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Trump Ends Terms of Remaining Members of H.I.V. and AIDS Council

New York Times

The Trump administration this week dismissed the remaining members of a federal advisory council on H.I.V. and AIDS.

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Cancer Drug Price Rises 1,400% With No Generic to Challenge It

Wall Street Journal

Since 2013, the price of a 40-year-old, off-patent cancer drug in the U.S. has risen 1,400%, putting the life-extending medicine out of reach for some patients.

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Top 10 health care surprises from Year One of Trump


President Donald Trump stormed into office last January confident that he could knock off Obamacare in a nanosecond.

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No. 9: High cancer rates

Post Star

Using New York Cancer Registry data, the state Department of Health in 2017 identified striking cancer rate disparities throughout the state, with Warren County ranking among New York’s highest.

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