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Shorter waits for new patients at VA than in private sector, U.S. study finds

(Reuters Health) – In many cases, veterans get a first appointment at VA hospitals quicker than the general public gets first appointments with health care providers, government researchers report. The researchers, all from the VA, compared wait times there for new patients to those for new patients in the private sector as determined by an… Read More »

Sen. Sanders, Rep. Cummings to introduce bill to lower U.S. drug prices

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Elijah Cummings plan to introduce legislation on Thursday aimed at lowering the cost of prescription drugs for U.S. consumers. FILE PHOTO: A pharmacy employee looks for medication as she works to fill a prescription while working at a pharmacy in New York December 23, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas… Read More »

Medicare, Medicaid underpaid U.S. hospitals by $76.8 billion in 2017, American Hospital Association says

According to new data released by the American Hospital Association, Medicare and Medicaid underpaid U.S. hospitals by $ 76.8 billion in 2017. Medicare underpayments totaled $ 53.9 billion and Medicaid underpayments $ 22.9 billion for 2017. Meanwhile, in 2017, hospitals provided $ 38.4 billion in uncompensated care, the AHA said. THE IMPACT This means hospitals… Read More »