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Franciscan Health moves to close Harrison hospital in Bremerton 31.8.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Officials with CHI Franciscan Health, which operates Harrison Medical Center’s two campuses, have taken first steps to close the Bremerton site and shift more than 250 beds to the Silverdale site in Kitsap County.
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Report causes clash over single-payer health care stability 31.8.2016 Durango Herald
DENVER – Proponents of a $25 billion single-payer health care ballot effort say the proposal would be adequately funded, despite an independent study that said otherwise.ColoradoCare supporters held a news conference Tuesday in Denver, stating that their analysis shows the proposal would produce a surplus of $2 billion in the...
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Centura Health plans new, smaller hospital to replace St. Vincent in Leadville 31.8.2016 Denver Post: Local
Leadville residents could soon get a state-of-the-art health care facility to replace the aging St. Vincent General Hospital under an agreement reached between the hospital district’s board and Centennial-based hospital group Centura Health. The district said Tuesday it plans to take out a 35-year, low-interest-rate loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to build the new hospital, which initial […]
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Cry Me a River, Aetna 30.8.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Wendell Potter

You might be thinking, based on what insurance company CEOs have been saying over the past few weeks, that carriers are awash in red ink because of Obamacare and would surely go bust if they had to keep paying the medical claims of their Obamacare customers for even one more year. You might even be shedding a tear or two for their poor shareholders.

Here, for example, is the grim news Aetna’s CEO, Mark Bertolini, delivered to Wall Street financial analysts a few days ago:

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Noah Smith: Don't be scared of a health-insurance public option 30.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
One of the big debates in health care right now is whether to create a public option for health insurance. Most observers of President Barack Obama’s health-care law agree that the big problem is private insurers pulling out of health-care exchanges. That leaves smaller states with only one or two insurers participating, which kills competition in insurance markets and raises costs. Although there are many intermediate fixes available, some are suggesting bringing back an idea that didn’t make i...
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When A Screening Test For Colon Cancer Leads To A Pricey Follow-Up 30.8.2016 NPR News
Most screening tests for colon cancer are covered by insurance. But if the results are positive, patients may require a diagnostic colonoscopy that may not be fully paid for by insurance.
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Would Single-Payer National Health Insurance Break the Bank? 30.8.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A common myth among opponents of single-payer national health insurance (NHI) is that it would cost too much and break the bank. This belief is based in part upon an assumption that patients would overuse health care if they gained access to it without any cost-sharing when they seek care. Cost-sharing has been a lynchpin of consumer-directed health care (CDHC) since the early 1990s, which assumes that patients who have more "skin in the game"-- through deductibles, co-payments, and other out-of-pocket costs--will make more prudent decisions about their own health care. But that policy and assumption have been discredited by actual experience over the last 25 years. In fact, the more cost-sharing is imposed on patients with higher deductibles, co-payments and out-of-pocket costs, the more they underuse care by delaying or avoiding necessary care. (1) Moreover, when Canada shifted over to its single-payer financing system in the 1970s, there was only about a 5 percent increase in their use of health care, ...
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Illinois emergency room visits increased after Obamacare, study says 30.8.2016 Chicago Tribune: Business
Hospital emergency department visits increased in Illinois after the Affordable Care Act took effect — the opposite of what many hoped would happen under the landmark health care law, according to a new study. "Emergency departments are already overcrowded, and bringing more patients in will ...
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County-USC patients' personal information stolen in car break-in 30.8.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Files containing personal information on more than 700 patients treated at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center were stolen when an employee's car was broken into, county health officials said Monday.

The break-in occurred in July. The county Department of Health Services released a statement...

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Clinton proposes plan to address mental health treatment 30.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Southampton, N.Y. • Hillary Clinton rolled out a comprehensive plan to address millions of Americans coping with mental illness, pointing to the need to fully integrate mental health services into the nation’s health care system. Clinton’s campaign released a multi-pronged approach to mental health care on Monday, aimed at ensuring that Americans would no longer separate mental health from physical health in terms of access, care and quality of treatment. “We’ve got to break through and break do...
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New questions about Trump's doctor's note create opening for Clinton to fire back on health rumors 29.8.2016 Washington Post
New questions about Trump's doctor's note create opening for Clinton to fire back on health rumors
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Mercy nurse works to prevent on-the-job injuries 29.8.2016 Durango Herald
The average nurse moves a ton of weight during a 12-hour shift.For 30 years, Roxanne Hupp was one of them, but for the last five, her work has been dedicated to training nurses and others at Mercy Regional Hospital to protect themselves from illness and injury.Earlier this year, she was among 41
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Clinton proposes plan to address mental-health treatment 29.8.2016 Seattle Times: Local

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Hillary Clinton is rolling out a comprehensive plan to address millions of Americans coping with mental illness, pointing to the need to fully integrate mental health services into the nation’s health care system. Clinton’s campaign released a multi-pronged approach to mental health care on Monday, aimed at ensuring that Americans would […]
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Doctors continue to use some treatments despite evidence that they don’t help 29.8.2016 Washington Post
Doctors continue to use some treatments despite evidence that they don’t help
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Donald Trump’s response to his shoddy doctor’s letter? Call for Clinton to disclose more. 29.8.2016 Washington Post
It's easy to laugh off Trump's medical letter. But on second glance, the joke may wear a bit thin.
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Prenatal depression may be the most severe form of maternal depression 29.8.2016 Washington Post
Prenatal depression may be the most severe form of maternal depression
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Why so many Iowa Republicans are embracing Trump 29.8.2016 Washington Post
Even as party leaders in other battleground states increasingly keep Donald Trump at arm’s length, the GOP establishment in Iowa is all-in. And the support is driven largely by the governor.
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Why some steal pills from their pets 29.8.2016 CNN: Top Stories
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Clinton proposes plan to address mental health treatment 29.8.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Hillary Clinton is rolling out a comprehensive plan to address millions of Americans coping with mental illness, pointing to the need to fully integrate mental health services into the nation’s health care system. Clinton’s campaign released a multi-pronged approach to mental health care on Monday, aimed at ensuring that Americans would […]
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Pediatricians urge states to get tough on parents who don't want to vaccinate their kids 29.8.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The nation’s pediatricians are pushing back against parents who resist having their children vaccinated against a broad range of dangerous diseases by calling on states to stop offering waivers to those with non-medical objections to the practice.

In a policy statement issued Monday, the American...

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