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Study highlights need to deepen health reforms in China

Study highlights need to deepen health reforms in China

China needs to further reform its health system with a number of critical steps to meet the growing health needs of the population and further control spending increases, despite impressive achievements in healthcare reform and rapid progress toward universal health coverage. [More]

Nearly one-third of Hispanic Texans remain uninsured, new report reveals

The percentage of Hispanics in Texas without health insurance has dropped by 30 percent since the Affordable Care Act went into effect, but almost one-third of Hispanic Texans ages 18 to 64 remain uninsured. [More]
Physicians come together for single-payer national health insurance reform

Physicians come together for single-payer national health insurance reform

In a dramatic show of physician support for deeper health reform - and for making a decisive break with the private insurance model of financing medical care - 2,231 physicians called today [Thursday, May 5] for the creation of a publicly financed, single-payer national health program that would cover all Americans for all medically necessary care. [More]
Special issue of FMCH focuses on care and disease management interventions in China, Australia

Special issue of FMCH focuses on care and disease management interventions in China, Australia

A Sino-Australian forum is the theme of the new issue of Family Medicine and Community Health (FMCH), an international medical journal with editorial offices in China and the U.S. [More]

Report: Almost 70% of Texans uninsured due to high cost of health insurance

Almost 70 percent of uninsured Texans said the high cost of health insurance is the reason they remain uninsured, according to a new report released today by Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Episcopal Health Foundation. [More]

Texas still has highest rate of uninsured adults in the nation

The rate of adults without health insurance across the U.S. dropped nearly twice as much as in Texas from 2013 to 2015, according to a new report released today by Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Episcopal Health Foundation. [More]

Many Texas workers get health insurance through employee-sponsored insurance

A larger percentage of Texas workers are getting health insurance through their employers now than before the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new report released today by Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Episcopal Health Foundation. [More]
Researchers address challenges of effective universal health coverage focusing on caring for chronic illnesses

Researchers address challenges of effective universal health coverage focusing on caring for chronic illnesses

Researchers from the University of Miami and Harvard University address the challenges of effective universal health coverage in low- and middle-income countries, focusing on solving one of the most pressing issues: the care of chronic illnesses. Their suggestions, aimed at strengthening health care systems, include recommendations based on a "diagonal approach" for managing health care. [More]
Texans without health insurance may skip seeking primary and mental health care due to cost

Texans without health insurance may skip seeking primary and mental health care due to cost

Texans without health insurance are twice as likely to skip seeking primary and mental health care because of cost. That's one of the findings of a new survey released today by Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Episcopal Health Foundation. [More]
Hospitals can make patients sick, reveals Consumer Reports

Hospitals can make patients sick, reveals Consumer Reports

Hospitals are thought to be sterile, safe environments where sick people get better, not sicker. But that's not always the case according to a new investigation by Consumer Reports into hospital-acquired infections. [More]
Six physician organizations in Sutter Medical Network receive 'Elite' status

Six physician organizations in Sutter Medical Network receive 'Elite' status

Six physician organizations in the Sutter Medical Network, including all five medical foundations, received "Elite" status today in the annual CAPG Standards of Excellence Survey—the highest possible honor awarded by the CAPG professional organization. [More]

Hispanics and women in Texas show largest percentage of reductions in uninsured rates

Hispanics and women in Texas showed the largest percentage of reductions in rates of uninsured since enrollment began in the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplace, according to a new report released today by the Episcopal Health Foundation and Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. [More]
Consumer Reports announces commitment to help wipe out 'superbugs'

Consumer Reports announces commitment to help wipe out 'superbugs'

Consumer Reports, the world's largest and most trusted nonprofit consumer organization, today announced its commitment to help wipe out antibiotic-resistant bacteria or "superbugs." Infections related to the use of antibiotics sicken about 2.25 million Americans each year and kill 37,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [More]
WHO Press Release: World Health Statistics reports on global health goals for 194 countries

WHO Press Release: World Health Statistics reports on global health goals for 194 countries

Progress in child survival worldwide is one of the greatest success stories of international development. Since 1990, child deaths have almost halved – falling from an estimated 90 deaths per 1000 live births to 46 deaths per 1000 live births in 2013... [More]

UCLA researchers find that 59% of California physicians support Patient Protection and ACA

UCLA researchers have found that 77 percent of California primary care and specialty physicians understand the basics of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and 59 percent support it. The survey, conducted by doctors from the UCLA department of family medicine, was published in the peer-reviewed journal Family Medicine. [More]
Tackling the nutrition challenge with personal trainers

Tackling the nutrition challenge with personal trainers

The importance of nutrition as part of a healthy lifestyle is recognised by most personal trainers, however concerns have been raised about their competence to provide individualised nutrition advice... [More]
Class-action lawsuit filed against Health Net for misrepresenting physician and hospital networks

Class-action lawsuit filed against Health Net for misrepresenting physician and hospital networks

In advance of a California legislative hearing on health care "costs" not scheduled to include testimony from consumers, consumer advocates will discuss the real financial threat patients face in a class-action lawsuit against Health Net for misrepresenting their physician and hospital networks. [More]
HolaDoctor introduces new Toll Free Help Line to assist Hispanics in New Jersey

HolaDoctor introduces new Toll Free Help Line to assist Hispanics in New Jersey

HolaDoctor, the leading health and wellness online destination for Hispanics, launched a new Toll Free Help Line to assist Hispanics in New Jersey with questions regarding Healthcare Reform, as well as to guide them in the application process for acquiring health insurance in the state and federal marketplace. [More]
State highlights: Calif. ballot measure updates; Va. prison health care budget shortfall

State highlights: Calif. ballot measure updates; Va. prison health care budget shortfall

A selection of health policy stories from California, Arizona, Maine, South Dakota, Virginia, Maryland, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Texas, Washington state and Missouri. [More]
Viewpoints: Abortion and birth control issues in N.C. Senate race; replacing Obamacare; cancellations

Viewpoints: Abortion and birth control issues in N.C. Senate race; replacing Obamacare; cancellations

But on Wednesday in Charlotte, Kay Hagan stood without hesitation next to Janet Colm, chief executive of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund of Central North Carolina, and proudly bashed her opponent, Thom Tillis, for reducing women's rights on abortion and birth control. [More]
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