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USA: Health care premiums will rise, so what can you do?

June 2016 cbsnews; It wasn’t a matter of if, but more like how much. Health care analysts and actuaries have been predicting for weeks now that Affordable Care Act exchange members would likely see premium increases for 2017 around 10 percent on average. Preliminary reporting shows those predictions are accurate. …

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USA: Philadelphia Council Passes Sweet Drink Tax

June 2016 nbcnews; The Philadelphia City Council approved a tax on sweet drinks Thursday, becoming the first major city in the country to pass such a levy and overcoming a multi-million dollar campaign by the beverage industry to oppose it. The 1.5 cent-an-ounce tax affects both sugar-sweetened and artificially sweetened …

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NIGERIA: Firms Ease Payment Solution for Healthcare

June 2016 DailyTrust; Funds & Electronic Transfer Solutions Limited (fets), a leading Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) licensed mobile money operator in Nigeria and Communic8Health, a health market consumer research organisation in collaboration with PharmAccess Mobile Health Research Lab, in Nigeria, have successfully completed a study on digital payment for …

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ZIMBABWE: Subsidise Blood Price, Govt Told

June 2016 TheHerald; Members of Parliament have urged the Government to subsidise the cost of blood transfusion saying the current price was beyond the reach of many. Legislators noted that despite the fact that people donated blood, recipients were still subjected to high costs. The legislators made the plea while …

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MALAWI: Blood Shortage Increasing Maternal Deaths in Mchinji

May 2016 MalawiNewsAgency; About 62 percent of women die of heavy bleeding while giving birth and three mothers die due to maternal complications every month in Mchinji, an official from the district hospital has disclosed. Speaking during the  official handover of Mamaye Project, a project which aims at reducing maternal …

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ZIMBABWE: Minister wants security status for health sector

May 2016 financialgazette; Health and Child Care Minister, David Parirenyatwa, says he is lobbying government to grant the health sector security status which will grant it “preferential treatment” in budgetary allocations. “Once we declare it a security ministry, in other words like what happens in the army and the police, …

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USA: Medical errors now third leading cause of death in United States

May 2016 WashingtonPost; Nightmare stories of nurses giving potent drugs meant for one patient to another and surgeons removing the wrong body parts have dominated recent headlines about medical care. Lest you assume those cases are the exceptions, a new study by patient-safety researchers provides some context. Their analysis, published in the BMJ on Tuesday, …

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