If we could start from scratch perhaps most health economists would recommend single-payer, a Medicare-type programme covering everyone

Health reform is the signature achievement of the Obama presidency. It was the biggest expansion of the social safety net since Medicare was establish(...)

US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Iowa: “A candidate who was originally thought to be the anointed candidate, to be the inevitable candidate, is now locked in a very difficult race here in Iowa and New Hampshire.” Photograph: Scott Morgan/Reuters

Losing ground in the polls in the first nominating state of Iowa, Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton has gone on the attack against h(...)

US House Speaker John Boehner:   President Barack Obama and top lawmakers from both parties reached a tentative budget agreement that would avert a US debt default. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The White House and congressional leaders reached a two-year budget deal overnight to lift mandatory spending caps on defense and domestic programs an(...)

Under Hillary Clinton’s plan, the $250 monthly cap would limit what insurance companies could ask patients to pay for drugs that treat patients with chronic or serious medical conditions. Photograph: CBS News/Reuters

US Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday will propose a $250 (€225) monthly cap on prescription drugs to stop what she calls “exc(...)

Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn speaks outside the Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Newcastle, during his campaign. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA

Political scientist David Runciman has an interesting analysis of the British Labour Party’s leadership contest, and why Jeremy Corbyn, dismissed by m(...)

US president Barack Obama: why have the human consequences of economic troubles been muted? The main answer is that Puerto Rico is part of the US fiscal union. Photograph: Uri Gripas/AFP/Getty Images

On Friday the government of Puerto Rico announced it was about to miss a bond payment. It claimed that, for technical legal reasons, this wouldn’t be (...)

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has spoken recently about attempting to ‘phase out’ Medicare. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

Medicare, the US federal health insurance scheme for people over 65, turns 50 this week, and it has been a good half-century. Before Medicare went int(...)

 Aetna  signage displayed outside of the company’s corporate headquarters in Hartford, Connecticut. Photographer: Ron Antonelli/Bloomberg

Aetna has agreed to buy rival health insurer Humana paying about $35 billion in cash and stock for the second-largest US provider of private health pl(...)

US doctors and teaching hospitals got $6.49 billion from drug and medical-device makers in 2014, according to new government data .

US doctors and teaching hospitals got $6.49 billion from drug and medical-device makers in 2014, according to new government data on the financial lin(...)

A protester flashes a victory sign behind a Greek flag in front of the parliament building, during an anti-austerity rally in Athens, Greece. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has urged Greeks to reject the terms of an international aid deal in a July 5th referendum, dismissing warnings that a ‘(...)