Industry News: Volume 10, Issue 14

Americans pay up to 67 times more for drugs than those in other countries

By Maia Anderson 

beckershospitalreview.com– A report released Sept. 23 by the House Ways & Means Committee shows that Americans pay on average nearly four times more for prescription drugs than 11 economically similar countries.

The report, titled “A Painful Pill to Swallow: U.S. vs. International Prescription Drug Prices,” compared drug prices in the U.S. to drug prices in the United Kingdom, Japan, Ontario, Australia, Portugal, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland.

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ANNUAL FAMILY PREMIUMS FOR EMPLOYER PLANS NOW TOP $20K

BY JOHN COMMINS

healthleadersmedia.com – Even in a strong economy, cost growth for employer-sponsored health insurance continues to easily outstrip wage growth and inflation in the overall economy, survey results released today show.

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U.S. vaping-related deaths rise to 12, illnesses climb to 805

By Saumya Sibi Joseph

reuters.com – U.S. health officials on Thursday reported 805 confirmed and probable cases and 12 deaths so far from a mysterious respiratory illness tied to vaping, with the outbreak showing no signs of losing steam.

Last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 530 cases and seven deaths due to severe lung illnesses.

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Trump issues proclamation to deny visas to immigrants who can’t pay for health care

By Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN

Cnn.com – President Donald Trump issued a proclamation on Friday that will bar immigrant visa applicants from entering the United States unless they can prove they will have health insurance or the means to pay for medical care.

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