Budget pledges on health and social care dismissed as ‘sticking plaster’

eter Byrne/PA Health experts have said the chancellor’s £20.5bn boost for the NHS in England by 2023 will leave the service still struggling to cope with rising demand for treatment. The pressure on already overloaded A&E and GP services will continue because Philip Hammond only gave an extra £650m to prop up crumbling social care services, it was claimed. Theresa May has promised the £20.5bn increase in NHS funding over the next five years will yield major improvements in cancer and mental health care. But doubts were raised about how…

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Americans more concerned about health care than taxes in 2018

A mom and her children visit their pediatrician. Photo: Dominick Reuter / AFP via Getty Almost half of Americans in a new Associated Press-NORC poll say health care is their top concern going into 2018. Health care outpaced other issues, like taxes, immigration and climate change, by more than 15 percentage points. Why it matters: Congress and President Trump rushed to pass an overhaul of the tax system after failing to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Although Republicans may not spend more political capital on health care next year, the issue won’t go away as the public…

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Blockchains and health care: promising and moving quickly, though no silver bullet

T he buzz about opportunities for blockchains in the health care and pharmaceutical industries continues to ramp up. This technology can give us new tools to secure medical information, track pharmaceutical supply chains, and more. While blockchains have promise, they are not a panacea for health care. Make no mistake: We are excited about the opportunity to use blockchains in our industry. Earlier this year, we launched Elektra Labs, a venture backed by a National Science Foundation I-Corps grant to develop a more secure system to share and verify health information. To build…

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The FDA Reauthorization Act Symbolizes Need for Bipartisan Health Care Solutions

The Republican Party promised that as soon as they were elected they would repeal and replace Obamacare. Six months later — after multiple failed attempts — there is only a glimmer of hope that our nation’s legislatures will still work to find better healthcare solutions for Americans. But just last week, in a rare bipartisan fashion, Senate Democrats and Republicans came together to pass the FDA Reauthorization Act. The bill, which passed without amendments from the House version passed in June, went straight to President Trump’s desk and is expected…

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How to care for cotton clothes on rainy days

Splurge and splash in cotton clothes during monsoon may not be a good idea. Mud and dirt stain on cotton clothes are hard to remove. The fabric also crinkle and get soiled easily. But cotton clothes are light and most comfortable to wear during hot and humid season. Synthetic fabrics, though dry quickly, tend to stick to your skin when wet. If you choose to wear cotton dresses in the rain, all you need to do is play safe. Here are five simple must-do for your cotton wears. 1 Bright colours can brighten…

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The new Senate health care bill — and the return of preexisting conditions — explained

Senate Republicans introduced a revised version of their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, one that would allow insurers to once again deny coverage based on preexisting conditions, and to charge higher rates to sick people. The bill would keep most of the Affordable Care Act’s tax increases but repeal one aimed specifically at medical device manufacturers. It would deeply cut the Medicaid program, making few changes to the bill’s first draft. Even with these new changes, the general structure of the bill stays the same from…

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The Senate GOP’s audacious health care Jedi mind trick

A strange line has trickled out from Senate Republicans in the past few days: We don’t even have a health care plan. Those 145 pages of detailed legislative text? The ones that were rigorously analyzed by the Congressional Budget Office? What are you talking about? It’s a Jedi mind trick for the ages. Vox’s Sarah Kliff wrote last month about the remarkable lengths Republicans have gone to to mislead and obfuscate about their health care plans. It was no accident that Senate leadership decided to draft its bill entirely out of public view. But denying the existence of a…

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2 winners and 4 losers from the Senate health care bill

Mark Wilson/Getty Images The Better Care Reconciliation Act, Senate Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, would if passed lead to one of the largest redistributions of income in American history, just as Obamacare itself did. It would shift hundreds of billions of dollars from health care programs to fund sweeping tax cuts for rich Americans, radically overhaul the way the US supports elderly and disabled people, and allow states to substantially weaken insurance regulations. While it clearly does not yet have the votes it needs to pass the Senate,…

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Apple should buy Athenahealth to expand in health care: Citigroup

Sally Shin | CNBC Tim Cook As Apple moves into health care, it’s acquired a few small start-ups. Now, Citigroup analyst Garen Sarafian is recommending that the company scoop up a far larger player in health technology: Athenahealth. Even with a market capitalization of close to $6 billion, the purchase would make sense, Sarafian wrote in a note to clients, as it could help Apple solve one of the biggest’s issues in health care — the interoperable exchange of medical data. Sarafian’s analysis followed a report on Wednesday from CNBC…

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These are the new factions of the Senate health care debate

This is the web version of VoxCare, a daily newsletter from Vox on the latest twists and turns in America’s health care debate. Like what you’re reading? Sign up to get VoxCare in your inbox here.   Senate Republicans sound a little more upbeat about the prospects for Obamacare repeal. They reviewed their policy options at a conference lunch today, and while they still aren’t ready to make tough policy choices, there was a notable shift from the pessimism Sarah wrote about last week. “We’re getting closer to having a…

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