Wear This Device So the Boss Knows You’re Losing Weight
To fight rising medical costs, oil company BP Plc (BP) last year offered Cory Slagle -- a 260-pound former football lineman -- an unusual way to trim $1,200 from his annual insurance bill. One option was to wear a fitness-tracking bracelet from Fitbit Inc. to earn points toward cheaper health insurance. Twelve months later, Slagle has added to his new exercise regimen by trading burgers for ...
A Silver Lining in the Legal Threats to Obamacare?
The battle over Obamacare has shifted to the courts. This time, the president is on the defensive. Last month, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled 2-1 in Halbig v. Burwell that the federal government lacks the authority to provide subsidies to offset the [...]
Steps address ageing population, rising costs
Hong Kong has long enjoyed the benefits of an effective dual-track healthcare system, by which the public and private healthcare sectors complement each other. Healthcare expenditure accounts for 5.1% of our GDP. The public sector, which is heavily subsidised by the Government, is the predominant provider of secondary and tertiary healthcare services. With 27,000 public hospital beds, the ...
First Edition: August 19, 2014
Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including stories about a how a hospital system's data was hacked, involving as many as 4.5 million patients' records.
New U of M Study Links using a Doula and Reduction in C-Sections
A new University of Minnesota study found that having a doula, or birth coach, in the delivery room can lower a mother's chances of having a cesarean section. Over the past two decades, c-section rates have jumped from a little more than 20 percent to a record 33 percent of births. The study released Friday by the U of M School of Public Health says there is one clear factor that leads to a ...