| Apr 26, 2015
| 5:00 AM
A new crop of specialty drugs holds great promise for treating or even curing some devastating diseases, but their high cost challenges health insurers and taxpayer-funded health programs. In California, Gov. Jerry Brown has asked for $300 million in...
| Jun 7, 2014
| 8:00 AM
Teresa Garcia, weak and in pain, had all but given up on doctors when she came to a small clinic next to a former wedding chapel on the Strip.
"I never thought I would get better," the 55-year-old housekeeper said, recalling years of perfunctory...
| Jun 8, 2014
David Lazarus' column on the mysterious $546 fee charged by St. John's Health Center to an orthopedic patient draws attention to a major source of confusion and frustration for patients of this clinic. ("Hospital's healthcare fee causes nothing but...
| May 24, 2014
I would suggest that Dr. Richard F. Corlin's letter did readers a disservice by suggesting that the problems at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals are proof that a single-payer healthcare system in the U.S. won't work. ("Fix the VA," Letters, May...
| May 20, 2014
| 7:00 AM
The big-spending conservative group American Crossroads and its nonprofit arm launched a new offensive Tuesday in the 2014 campaign for control of the U.S. Senate with an ad targeting North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan and her support of the Affordable Care...
| Aug 9, 2014
| 4:22 PM
The legal battle over Oregon's dysfunctional health insurance exchange officially began this week when Oracle Corp. sued the state agency operating the exchange, alleging breach of contract and accusing Gov. John Kitzhaber of attempting to...
| Jul 6, 2014
| 5:00 AM
To the editor: Just recently, the American College of Physicians (an organization of internists and general practitioners) issued a statement suggesting that annual pelvic exams are unnecessary because there is no evidence that they save lives. ("...
| Jul 11, 2014
| 5:05 AM
To the editor: When the Supreme Court handed down its Hobby Lobby decision, I was glad — glad because it would be the start of our country realizing how insane it is to link business and healthcare. ("The Hobby Lobby case proves the necessity of...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 1:05 PM
The rush to fix the VA mess is running into an age-old Washington problem: where to find the money.
Legislation to allow veterans facing long waits at Department of Veterans Affairs facilities to seek private healthcare could cost $50 billion or more...