Data released by the federal government on Wednesday shows that hospitals across the country charge Medicare differing amounts for the same procedure. The data includes bills submitted in 2011 by 3,300 hospitals nationwide for the 100 most commonly performed treatments and procedures like hip replacement, heart operations and gallbladder removal, among hospitals that reported at least 11 cases.
More than 700,00 people live in assisted-living centers, where they get help with daily activities like bathing and dressing. Most of the residents have multiple chronic health conditions.
Traumatic brain injuries have been called the “signature wound” of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. While improvements in armor and battlefield medicine mean more soldiers are surviving bomb blasts that would have killed them in previous wars, the explosions are leaving some of them with permanent wounds.
Josh Cothran looked at who’s paid for healthcare over the past five decades, with an animated Marimekko chart.
If governors opt their states out of the health law’s Medicaid expansion — as many are now threatening to do — it’s the poorest Americans who would find themselves getting the rawest deal.
The Obama administration faced skeptical questioning from a US Supreme Court dominated by conservatives on Tuesday during a tense two-hour showdown over a sweeping healthcare law that has divided Americans.
Today’s graphic takes you inside the hearings giving you all the details on who is involved and the layout of the hearing.
There is a simple reason health care in the United States costs more than it does anywhere else: The prices are higher.
That may sound obvious. But it is, in fact, key to understanding one of the most pressing problems facing our economy. In 2009, Americans spent $7,960 per person on health care. Our neighbors in Canada spent $4,808. The Germans spent $4,218. The French, $3,978. If we had the per-person costs of any of those countries, America’s deficits would vanish. Workers would have much more money in their pockets. Our economy would grow more quickly, as our exports would be more competitive.
The nation’s Republican governors are raising a new complaint against the 2010 national health overhaul, which they deride as “Obamacare.” They say it would drive up their Medicaid costs dramatically at a time they’re already slashing their budgets to cope with debt.
As Democrats move forward to pass health care reform attention has focused on a key piece of Senate rules known as budget reconciliation. This post takes Senate vote records covering 13 key reconciliation votes from 1990 to 2007 to show how senators in both parties voted—and how sitting senators voted in the past—on a variety of reconciliation bills.