Despite calls to start over, US health system covers 90%

America’s much-maligned health care system is covering 9 out of 10 people, a fact that hasn’t stopped the 2020 presidential candidates from refighting battles about how to provide coverage, from Bernie Sanders’ call for replacing private insurance with a government plan to President Donald Trump’s pledge to erase the Affordable Care Act and start over. The politicians are depicting a system in meltdown. The numbers point to a different story, not as dire and more nuanced. Government surveys show that about 90% of the population has coverage , largely preserving gains from…

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‘Less than 20% succeed in managing diabetes despite availability of drugs’

Less than 20% of diabetes patients in India are able to maintain a desired blood sugar profile, cholesterol and blood pressure, despite availability of medicines for all three disorders, findings of a comprehensive scientific study evaluating diabetes management shows. Highlighting the need for improvement in care delivery at clinical level, the study pegs India’s diabetes population at 70 million the second highest worldwide after China. Globally, 415 million people are suffering from diabetes, of which 75% are living in low and middle income countries. The trials, led by researchers from…

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