Markey, Warren attack Steward Health Care while pushing stronger regulations – NBC Boston

US Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren excoriated Steward Health Care’s top executives inside Beacon Hill’s largest hearing room Wednesday, where they set up an empty chair for CEO Ralph de la Torre, who declined to testify about financial decisions that have jeopardized operations at its Massachusetts hospitals.

During their Senate subcommittee hearing exploring the harms of private equity in the health care sector, Markey and Warren also promoted two new proposals designed to regulate private investments in health care, protect quality of care for patients, and prevent another health care crisis like Steward’s from unfolding elsewhere across the country.

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New WHO assessment reveals resilience of Ukraine’s primary health-care system amid the war

While nearly half of Ukraine’s primary health-care (PHC) facilities have experienced staff absences due to the war, the majority have continued to provide essential health services with the available workforce, according to a recent WHO assessment on continuity of essential health services during the war in Ukraine.

The volume of services changed in 2/3 of facilities due to decreasing patients’ attendance in some regions with simultaneous increase in other regions. An increased volume of services was mainly related to caring for non-registered patients or changes in patients’ needs due to hospitality.

Ukraine’s primary health-care system has already been under stress

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Majority in US Still Say Gov’t Should Ensure Healthcare

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  • 57% say government should ensure health coverage for all in US
  • 53% favor health system based on private insurance; 43%, a government-run one
  • 72% of Democrats, 13% of Republicans support government-run system

WASHINGTON, DC — A 57% majority of US adults believe that the federal government should ensure all Americans have healthcare coverage. Yet nearly as many, 53%, prefer that the US healthcare system be based on private insurance rather than run by the government. These findings are in line with recent attitudes about the government’s involvement in the healthcare system, which have been

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Millions will lose health insurance starting Saturday. But they might not know it.

Millions of people will begin to lose their health insurance on Saturday, as five states begin the unwinding of a pandemic-era protection that kept people from being removed from the Medicaid rosters.

During the public health emergency, states were required to keep people on Medicaid without the often yearly reapplication process normally in place. But now that the public health emergency is winding down, so are the Medicaid rolls.

“We’re now in a position within just a few days where states can begin to disenroll people — to redo their rosters for Medicaid — and this continuous coverage requirement is

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‘Retail health insurance market can give 20% RoE yearly’

India’s retail health insurance sector has the potential to provide a 20% yearly return on equity (RoE), according to a report by Avendus Capital, even as the sector has seen a surge in demand fueled by a rise in policy purchases by families and individuals post covid.

The retail health insurance segment covers only health insurance policies that are bought by individuals or families.

The report, “Retail Health Insurance: A Large Whitespace,” has also forecast a market size of $25 billion for this space by FY27, a 5.3x jump from the $4 billion recorded in FY22.

“In India, the health

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Can people afford to pay for health care? New evidence on financial protection in Belgium

The share of households with catastrophic health spending in Belgium is currently among the highest in western Europe, according to a new report launched today by the WHO Regional Office for Europe. However, concrete steps are being taken to address this challenge – one that is shared by many other countries in the WHO European Region.

Catastrophic health spending means a household can no longer afford to meet basic needs – food, housing and heating – because of having to pay out of pocket for health care.

According to the report, nearly 260 000 households in Belgium experienced catastrophic health

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