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McCain clarifies health care plan (AP via Yahoo! News)
John McCain clarified an element of his health care plan Wednesday, saying that employers who provide their workers coverage still would get tax breaks.

U.S. health insurers suggest Swiss, Dutch as prototypes (USA Today)
America's health insurers put the spotlight on their counterparts in Europe Wednesday, part of an effort to demonstrate that not all countries with universal health systems have government-run programs like Canada or the United Kingdom.

47 mln Americans lack health insurance: report (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
The number of Americans lacking health insurance rose by nearly 8.6 million to 47 million from 2000 to 2006, with children and workers from every income level losing coverage, a new report said on Thursday.

Health in rural China worsening, costs rising: WHO (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Health in parts of rural China is deteriorating despite rising incomes, and commercialized care has ratcheted up costs for those who can least afford them, the head of the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

47 million Americans lack health insurance: report (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
The number of Americans lacking health insurance rose by nearly 8.6 million to 47 million from 2000 to 2006, with children and workers from every income level losing coverage, a new report said on Thursday.

Immigrants with TB pose no public health risk: study (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Immigrants with tuberculosis are not likely to spread the disease in their new countries and pose no public health threat, Norwegian researchers said on Thursday.

The U.S. Is Unhappy with Its Health Care (BusinessWeek Online via Yahoo! News)
In a freshly minted radio commercial, Republican Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani boasts, "We have the best health-care system in the world." It's an oft-heard refrain from politicians and policymakers. Patients beg to differ.

Medco Health 3Q profit up 16 percent (AP via Yahoo! News)
Medco Health Solutions, the nation's largest prescription benefit manager, said Thursday its net income rose almost 16 percent in the third quarter and raised its outlook for the full year.

Roads, Mental Health Are Focus for Watts (Washington Post)
Democrat Vivian E. Watts, the District 39 assembly incumbent, devoted much of her most recent term to crime prevention, transportation and mental-health issues. Looking ahead, Watts will have to make some tough decisions as the state grapples with an anticipated $600 million budget shortfall and...

Health Net Swings to 3Q Loss on Charges (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Managed health care company Health Net Inc. said Thursday it swung to a third-quarter loss, hurt by $216 million in costs to settle three class action lawsuits.

Health Highlights: Nov. 1, 2007 (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay:

Health Net Expects 4Q Profit to Rise (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Managed health care company Health Net Inc. said Thursday it expects fourth-quarter profit of $1.10 per share, representing a 53 percent rise from last year's 72 cents per share.

Medco Health 3Q Profit Up 16 Percent (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Medco Health Solutions, the nation's largest stand-alone prescription benefit manager, on Thursday posted a jump of nearly 16 percent in third-quarter income, and raised its profit forecast for the full year.

UAE vows health and safety crackdown after Dubai strike (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Dubai's police chief promised on Thursday to prosecute employers who fail to respect health and safety laws after thousands of migrant workers went on strike over their conditions of employment.

Britain complains about Giuliani health care ad (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Britain's health secretary complained on Thursday about an advertisement run by Rudy Giuliani, saying the U.S. Republican presidential candidate had maligned Britain's health care system with bad statistics.

Senate clears way for kids health vote (AP via Yahoo! News)
The Senate cleared the way for final congressional passage Thursday of legislation to expand children's health insurance in the renewal of a veto struggle between congressional Democrats and President Bush.

Congress passes kids health bill, again (AP via Yahoo! News)
A defiant Democratic-controlled Congress voted Thursday to provide health insurance to 4 million lower-income children, ignoring President Bush's threat of a second straight veto on the issue.

Senate approves children's health bill (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
The U.S. Senate approved legislation on Thursday expanding a popular children's health-care program, setting the stage for a fresh showdown with President George W. Bush, who vowed to veto the bill that would also raise tobacco taxes.

Roll Call: Senate passes health bill (AP via Yahoo! News)
The 64-30 roll call by which the Senate passed a bill to expand a government health care program for children.

J.P. Hayes feeling better about his health and his tour job (Canadian Press via Yahoo! News)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - J.P. Hayes is feeling much better about his health than the last time he was in these parts on the PGA Tour. And thanks to a 7-under 65 on Thursday at Disney, his prospects for keeping his card are looking good, too.

Senate passes revised child health bill despite Bush veto threat (CNN.com)
The Senate passed a new bill Thursday expanding a popular children's health insurance program, despite the lingering threat of a veto from President Bush.

Congress passes kids health bill again (AP via Yahoo! News)
A defiant Democratic-controlled Congress voted Thursday to provide health insurance to an additional 4 million lower-income children, and President Bush vowed swiftly to cast his second straight veto on the issue.

Congress passes kids health bill again (AP via Yahoo! News)
A defiant Democratic-controlled Congress voted Thursday to provide health insurance to an additional 4 million lower-income children, and President Bush vowed swiftly to cast his second straight veto on the issue.

WHO chief praises China's efforts on health (AFP via Yahoo! News)
World Health Organisation chief Margaret Chan said Friday she was impressed with China's efforts to tackle its health problems but cautioned much work still needed to be done.

Depp Discusses Daughter's Health Scare (E! Online via Yahoo! News)
Johnny Depp still isn't giving details of the mystery illness that sent his daughter to the hospital last March, but when it comes to his own emotions over the health scare, he's less tight-lipped.

WHO to help Beijing with health emergencies (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
The World Health Organisation has offered assistance to Chinese officials in preparing for public health emergencies that could arise when millions of people converge on Beijing for the 2008 Olympics, WHO's head said on Friday.

Health centre funding announced (BBC News)
Health centre plans in the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway receive government support.

Magellan Health 3Q Profit Rises (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Specialty health care manager Magellan Health Services Inc. said Friday its third-quarter profit rose 17 percent on a surge in public-sector revenue.

UnitedHealth Buys Fiserv's Health Units (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
UnitedHealth Group Inc., the nation's second biggest health insurer, said Friday it would expand its benefit services portfolio through the acquisition of Fiserv Inc.'s health-related businesses for $775 million in cash.

UNH buys Fiserv's health business for $775M (bizjournals.com via Yahoo! Finance)
UnitedHealth Group Inc. will acquire Fiserv Inc.'s health-related businesses for $775 million in cash, the company announced Friday.

Health Highlights: Nov. 2, 2007 (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay:

Health Group in NY Probe Halts Marketing (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Two top officials of a health care group under state investigation resigned and the group is suspending its marketing program after some officials received bonuses that were banned under contract.

Giuliani takes another shot at British health care (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Republican presidential front-runner Rudy Giuliani acknowledged on Friday his cancer statistics were outdated but said his point remained the same -- beware of British health care.

Health Net Spent $320,000 Lobbying (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Managed health care company Health Net Inc. spent $320,000 in the first six months of 2007 to lobby the federal government, according to a disclosure form.

UnitedHealth Buys Fiserv's Health Units (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
UnitedHealth Group Inc., the nation's second biggest health insurer, said Friday it would expand its benefit services portfolio through the acquisition of Fiserv Inc.'s health-related businesses for $775 million in cash.

UPI NewsTrack Health and Science News (UPI)
Researchers breed super mouse ... Mars Express probes planet's deposts ... China's lunar orbiter heads toward moon ... FDA calls for recall of erectile drug ... Health/Science news from UPI.

S.F.'s health care plan goes before federal judge (San Francisco Chronicle)
(11-02) 17:50 PDT SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco's ground-breaking health insurance ordinance went before a judge Friday to determine whether the city is violating federal law by forcing employers to help pay for coverage for 82,000 adult residents - a case...

Restaurant association, S.F. in court over health care ordinance (San Francisco Chronicle)
San Francisco's groundbreaking health insurance ordinance went before a judge Friday to determine whether the city is violating federal law by forcing employers to help pay for coverage for 82,000 adult residents. The case could determine the fate of similar...

Lawsuit over San Francisco health plan goes to court (Orange County Register)
Restaurant group says mandatory health care plan violates a federal law. SAN FRANCISCO – A federal judge heard arguments Friday on whether employers in San Francisco should be required to help pay for a new city program designed to provide basic health care for uninsured residents.

Health Highlights: Nov. 3, 2007 (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay:

A closer look at Schenectady health clinics (Capital News 9)
Kalyn Pearson has asthma. Her mom, Joyel, takes her to the Hometown Health Clinic in Schenectady. Last month, the clinic, whose patients are mostly on Medicaid or uninsured, said it was closing its Ellis Hospital facility and was in jeopardy of going belly up completely. Now with a $400,000 shot in the arm from the state, Hometown Health's own health goes from critical to stable.

State group receives national health grant (Rapid City Journal)
The Associated Press PIERRE - The South Dakota Public Health Association has received a $90,000 grant from the American Public Health Association.

Kansas Oral Health Plan Unveiled (Kansas City InfoZine)
Good Oral Health Noted as 'Essential' to Overall Health

Homeless health fair Nov. 15 (Battle Creek Enquirer)
The next annual Homeless Health Fair is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at First United Methodist Church, 111 E. Michigan Ave., across from The Haven.

The quest for health and happiness (River Valley Business Report)
Health care takes an increasing amount of public attention, including issues such as access to health insurance, new medical technologies that promise cures and the management of pathologies.

Beyond those health care numbers (International Herald Tribune)
N. Gregory Mankiw discusses three true but misleading facts about health care that politicians and pundits in the United States love to use to frighten the public.

Beyond Those Health Care Numbers (New York Times)
The most dangerous claims in the health care debate are those that are true but don?t mean what people think they mean.

Major parties' health policies lacking: report (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
A pre-election review has found that both major political party's health policies are "fractured" and that neither side has paid enough attention to Indigenous health.

Health Minister condemns school smokos (Perth Now)
NSW Health Minister Reba Meagher has condemned a Canberra high school for allowing a 16-year-old student to take smoke breaks during classes.

GOP questions health expansion (Carroll County Online)
ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O’Malley is dangling health-care expansion as a ploy to get lawmakers to back his tax increases, Republicans charged Thursday as lawmakers began combing through the governor’s health proposal.

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