health care costs

The Number of Americans With Diabetes Is Projected to Soar

As many as one-third of American adults could develop diabetes in the next 40 years, according to a new analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in 2007, and it's the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults under age 75, according to the CDC report. The disease is also among the most expensive chronic illnesses to treat, and is considered one of the culprits in rising health care costs.

How to Avoid Being a Victim of Medical Identity Theft

Everyone knows there are identity thieves who want to drain your bank accounts and siphon off your credit. But did you know there are scam artists out to steal your health benefits? So far, 1.5 million Americans have suffered from medical identity theft, at a cost of $29 billion.

World Drug Sales to Hit $880 Billion in 2011

Global pharmaceutical sales are expected to grow by 5% to 7% in 2011 to around $880 billion, thanks to robust growth in emerging markets, especially China, as well as new innovative treatments, and despite patent expirations and budget pressures in the developed world.

Health Care Reform Is Here, Cost Debate Rages

Changes to the U.S. health care system take effect on Thursday when provisions of the "Patients Bill of Rights" become law. But while its changes will clearly benefit many Americans, the new law's real price tag is still a subject of fierce disagreement.

Tech and Reform Will Boost Health Care Costs

Development of technologically advanced -- and expensive -- lifesaving treatments will continue to increase as the new health care reform law is phased in over the next few years.

Health Care Costs Will Rise About 10.6% in Next Year

Health care costs will increase between 10.5% and 11% over the next year, marginally higher than last year's rise, consulting firm Aon said Wednesday. Aon pins the increase on factors such as rising prescription drug costs and the effects of the health care reform law passed this spring.

Paying More for Health Insurance, Getting Less

Employer-sponsored plans are the leading source of health insurance in America. But according to a new report by the Kaiser Family Foundation, challenging economic times are making such coverage more expensive and less effective for millions of people.

Will Federal Health Care Costs Cripple Deficit-Cutting?

By some calculations, the Obama plan will help trim future budget gaps, but by others it'll only make things worse. The problem is, at this point no one knows for sure, and that makes sensible spending choices even harder to make now.

Health Care After Reforms: More to Cheer than Fear

Some states are balking Obama's health-reform requirements for them to set up exchanges on which uninsured individuals and small businesses can purchase health coverage. But a closer look suggests uninsured Americans will be better off.

You'll Pay 10% More For Health Care in 2010

Costs for the most popular types of health-care coverage are projected to increase by more than 10% in 2010. Making matters worse, a separate report shows the health share of the U.S. gross domestic product is expected to have risen to 17.3% in 2009 from 16.2% in 2008.

Senate OK clears way for Obama budget

Late Thursday night, the U.S. Senate approved President Obama's $3.5 trillion fiscal 2010 budget, and in the process gave the new president much of...