Feb 24, 2017

Efforts to stop passive smoking

The government's plan to tighten rules against smoking in public areas falls woefully short of what's needed to curb the health risks posed by secondhand smoke.

Obamacare premium surge lays bare America's economic divisions

Feb 22, 2017

Obamacare premium surge lays bare America's economic divisions

Michael Schwarz is a self-employed business owner who buys his own health insurance. The subsidized coverage Obamacare offers provides protection from life’s unpredictable changes and freedom to pursue his vocation, he says. Brett Dorsch is also self-employed and buys his own health insurance. But ...

Japanese offer mixed views of foreign health care

Feb 19, 2017

Japanese offer mixed views of foreign health care

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Japanese people who have received medical care overseas have mixed views of other countries’ health systems, according to an online straw poll conducted by The Japan Times. The Feb. 7 to Feb. 9 poll drew responses from 66 Japanese whose experiences with foreign health ...

Drugmakers riled amid calls for yearly review of drug costs

Feb 15, 2017

Drugmakers riled amid calls for yearly review of drug costs

The pharmaceutical industry is protesting a health ministry plan to review government-set drug prices annually, saying the move will stifle the development of new drugs. A high-priced cancer medication led the ministry to call for annual reviews after slashing the drug’s price by 50 ...