The Billions We Spend on Our Annual Check-Ups

In January, Ezekiel J. Emanuel, an oncologist at the University of Pennsylvania wrote an op-ed in the New York Times saying that he was skipping his annual physical, which he argued as costly and ineffective.

A Last-Minute Guide to Buying Health Insurance

While the Affordable Care Act certainly has its detractors, 2014 was a good year for Obamacare. The self-employed, underemployed, or otherwise ineligible took advantage of the state and federal exchanges last year, and their participation drove the nationwide uninsured rate to its lowest ever. Insurance companies posted all-time high share prices in the third quarter last year thanks in part to an increased subscriber base provided by the law’s mandate. Healthcare.gov’s Marketplace is not as bad as you’ve heard. In fact, it’s pretty darn good. But the velvet rope is closing soon: The open enrollment deadline is February 15th.

How Much is Too Much for a Root Canal?

Ok I Get It, You Can Worry About Cost Now, You Have My Permission

Canada is Also Not an Abortion Utopia, Unfortunately

Women’s rights in the north.

Technically Legal But In Actuality Not

Natasha Vargas Cooper breaks down how abortion rights are restricted across the country: “While it is unconstitutional to ban abortions outright, states like Texas, Wisconsin, Virginia and a dozen others have been chipping away at women’s right to choose by keeping abortion technically legal, but increasingly difficult to obtain. Here’s how they do it.”

How Drugs Get Priced (How to Pay for Them Up to You)

Drug Companies Save Lives (But Only If There’s Money For Them)

“An inexpensive drug that can prevent some life-threatening heart rhythm problems is unavailable in most places, according to a new survey of doctors in 131 countries.”

Adventures in Tooth Care Adventurous/Terrible/Expensive, Even With Insurance

Teeth are expensive.

You Should Get That Checked Out: Some Considerations

Where There’s a Will to Get Around Legislation Meant to Help People, There’s a Way