An increasing number of consumers have these plans with lower premiums, but they must cover the first $1,000, $5,000 or even $10,000 of care before insurance kicks in, providing an incentive to haggle with doctors and hospitals.
Giving prescribers access to education and advice or imposing restrictions on use can curb overuse or inappropriate use of antibiotics in hospitals.
Total health spending in the United States was $2.7 trillion in 2011. If that activity were separated into its own sovereign nation, it would constitute the fifth-largest economy in the world, behind only the United States, China, Japan, and Germany.
Allergic reactions occur when the body wrongly defends itself against something that is not dangerous. A healthy immune system defends against invading bacteria and viruses. During allergic reactions, however, the immune system fights harmless materials, such as pollen or mold.
While Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders make up less than 5% of the total U.S. population, they account for more than 50% of Americans living with chronic hepatitis B.
Nationally, about 13,500 infants were born with drug withdrawal symptoms in 2009, about one baby each hour, according to a 2012 study from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Proponents of legalized recreational marijuana touted millions in taxes that could be collected. But don’t count that money yet.
An analysis of four years of Medicare prescription records shows that some doctors and other health professionals across the country prescribe large quantities of drugs that are potentially harmful, disorienting or addictive.
The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Thursday supported proposed Senate legislation that would give the FDA increased oversight over the compounding industry.
Employers who offer more generous benefits to highly paid workers could face $100-a-day fines for every worker who doesn’t get them
Many former service members have access to health care through the VA, private insurance or other programs. But having so many choices can also lead to fragmented care.
Valproate medications include valproate sodium (Depacon), divalproex sodium (Depakote, Depakote CP, and Depakote ER), valproic acid (Depakene and Stavzor), and their generics should never be used by pregnant women for the prevention of migraines, FDA warns.
The Obama administration’s actions this week on emergency contraception have left many women’s health groups sputtering with anger.
New rules under consideration would drop existing requirements that family medicine residents be required to undergo training in contraception and counseling women with unintended pregnancies
This week the FDA launches its Patient Network website through which the agency says it seeks to engage patients and consumers as partners, and encourage them to share ideas and concerns about the medical product development process.