Obamacare thrown a lifeline by bipartisan deal on subsidies

Obamacare thrown a lifeline by bipartisan deal on subsidies

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption'Trump not thinking about the little people' A coalition of 19 US states has asked a federal judge to force the White House to continue Obamacare cost-sharing payments to insurance companies. Last week the White House said it would end the payments - aimed at reducing costs…
Young people ‘not receiving mental health care they need’

Young people ‘not receiving mental health care they need’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAlice says a lack of services affected her recovery Young people are facing long waiting times and unequal access to mental health services, a review by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has said. The commissioner said this could be "putting young people's lives at risk". The review…
Government announces u-turn on sepsis awareness campaign

Government announces u-turn on sepsis awareness campaign

Image copyright Craig Stobo Image caption Craig Stobo's wife Fiona died from sepsis in 2012 A national campaign raising awareness of sepsis has been announced by Health Secretary Shona Robison. It comes three weeks after the Scottish government said it did not think such a campaign was "necessary at this time". The announcement was welcomed…
Action ‘being taken’ on nurse staffing

Action ‘being taken’ on nurse staffing

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Some 30,000 nurses across the UK recounted their experiences Scotland's health secretary has said she wants things to be better for nurses "as soon as possible". Shona Robison was responding to a UK-wide survey by the Royal College of Nursing which found widespread concern over staffing levels. More…
Has Jon Ashworth changed mind on PFI?

Has Jon Ashworth changed mind on PFI?

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell announced on Monday that Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contracts would be brought "in-house" if Labour won power. But shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth said it was something that would "take time" and would not happen "overnight". Mishal Husain asked Mr Ashworth on BBC Radio 4's Today programme about when exactly he…
University of East Anglia not punished over data breach

University of East Anglia not punished over data breach

Image copyright N Chadwick Image caption The University of East Anglia emailed sensitive personal information about students to nearly 300 undergraduates A university that mistakenly emailed sensitive personal information about students to hundreds of undergraduates will face no further action. Details of health problems, family bereavements and personal issues were sent by the University of…
Pfizer mulls sale of consumer business

Pfizer mulls sale of consumer business

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption The consumer health unit accounted for about 6% of Pfizer's total revenue last year Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is mulling the sale or spin-off of its consumer health business, a division that includes brands such as Advil, Robitussin and ChapStick. The company is looking to "maximise value" for shareholders through a…
‘Depression overwhelmed me, but it also gave me a career’

‘Depression overwhelmed me, but it also gave me a career’

Image copyright Roger Bool - roger@rgrphoto.co.uk Image caption Catherine struggled with depression in the second year of her degree in drama and English literature At her lowest, Catherine wondered whether she would be able to finish her degree. "I lost all concept of the future. I felt I was losing control of my mind. 'It…
Health Bill Appears Dead as Pivotal G.O.P. Senator Declares Opposition

Health Bill Appears Dead as Pivotal G.O.P. Senator Declares Opposition

WASHINGTON — A last-ditch attempt by President Trump and Senate Republicans to dismantle the Affordable Care Act appeared to collapse on Monday as a pivotal senator announced her firm opposition to the latest repeal plan, virtually ensuring that Republicans would not have the votes they need for passage. The announcement by the senator, Susan Collins…
Canada Letter: Health Care Comparisons and an NYT Offer

Canada Letter: Health Care Comparisons and an NYT Offer

Recently, they gathered two other economists and a physician and held a tournament to pick the world’s best health care system. Canada was knocked out early by Britain. Long wait times delivered the fatal blow. But in this essay for the Canada Letter, Professor Carroll and Dr. Frakt offer a positive take on that result:…
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