Mental health advocates celebrated the launch of the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, but some people voiced concerns that using the service could lead to police involvement or forced hospitalization.
Doctors says more of their patients are seeking permanent sterilization procedures, but some patients are reporting that doctors are unwilling to operate on people of childbearing age.
Consumer advocates who connect people to safety-net programs worry that an overwhelmed workforce won’t be able to keep up.
A new law generally forbids insurers from passing along bills from doctors and hospitals that are not covered under a patient’s plan — such bills have often left patients to pay hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars in outstanding fees. Instead, the No Surprises Act requires health care providers and insurers to work out a deal between themselves.
In 2007, Juneau voted fluoride out of the tap water by almost 2-1. This summer, at least seven cities or towns across the country debated fluoridation.
Here are five reasons why high drug prices are an issue again — and why it is so difficult to solve.
Homer Port and Harbor officials say employees helped saved a vessel from sinking on Tuesday. Early that morning, a harbor officer found the vessel Klahowya sinking and semi-submerged at its moorings and called for help, Deputy Harbormaster Matt Clarke said.
“For patients who are similar across a broad range of characteristics … there appears to be a large range in the propensity of hospitals to prescribe opioids,” said Dr. Anupam Jena, associate professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School and the study’s lead author.
The president made the proposal as part of a comprehensive look at the Affordable Care Act’s legacy in an article under his byline in JAMA, the top journal of the American Medical Association.
Researchers found that in states with medical marijuana laws on the books, the number of prescriptions dropped for drugs to treat anxiety, depression, nausea, pain, seizures and sleep disorders.