NPR Topics: Health Care
The state of health care, health insurance, new medical research, disease prevention, and drug treatments. Interviews, news, and commentary from NPR's correspondents. Subscribe to podcasts.
Updated: 27 min 16 sec ago
Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:20am
Parts of the Affordable Care Act seek to curb states from setting their own mandates requiring insurers to cover specific care. But many state legislators are trying to work around the restrictions.
Tue, 09/16/2014 - 3:38am
So, you want to be a science professor? Good luck. Highly educated, relatively low-paid postdoctoral fellows may drive U.S. biomedical research, but they're training for jobs that don't exist.
Sat, 09/13/2014 - 10:34am
Doctors and poets are collaborating in California to encourage young people to tell stories about Type 2 diabetes in their communities.
Fri, 09/12/2014 - 5:47pm
Three federal judges heard arguments Friday over whether a Texas law that would, in effect, shutter 11 health clinics that perform abortions puts an undue burden on women.
Fri, 09/12/2014 - 11:44am
While there were increases in the second quarter of this year, they don't appear to be pushing the growth in health spending toward the painful levels of a decade ago.
Thu, 09/11/2014 - 5:35pm
Texas restrictions on abortion providers have led many clinics to close. Poor women in some spots, like the Rio Grande Valley along the Mexican border, have lost their access to abortion services.
Thu, 09/11/2014 - 5:01pm
Contrave will be available in pharmacies this fall. But the companies working on the drug's marketing won't say how much it will cost.
Thu, 09/11/2014 - 4:55am
Health insurance premiums went up only a little more than inflation this year, according to a new survey. The average family plan cost about $16,800. That's a 3 percent increase over last year.
Wed, 09/10/2014 - 8:42am
He giggled, he swore, he was afraid of Ebola. This summer, he was infected by a patient he treated. Two colleagues remember Dr. Samuel Brisbane's good life — and reflect on the idea of a good death.
Tue, 09/09/2014 - 10:36am
The health law's ban on pre-existing conditions doesn't mean you can buy a plan after you get sick. Most people have to wait for the open enrollment period.
Mon, 09/08/2014 - 3:52pm
The Drug Enforcement Administration is loosening up its rules so that people will have more ways of disposing of drugs that can be risky to keep around after they're no longer needed.
Fri, 09/05/2014 - 5:45pm
A U.S. attorney has sued two nursing homes in Watsonville, Calif., alleging that they failed to provide the acceptable care they were paid for by the government.