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Study: Average hospital outpatient visit cost approaching $500

Study: Average hospital outpatient visit cost approaching $500

Health
Dec. 13 (UPI) -- The average outpatient visitor to a U.S. hospital will pay close to $ 500, a new study says. The findings, published Wednesday in The Lancet Public Health, also found that the average inpatient stay in 2016 cost more than $ 22,000, putting health costs in the United States well beyond most other countries. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington conducted the research for a larger study on what the cost would be for universal health coverage, or UHC, in each country. "To achieve UHC, health officials in the government, private, and nonprofit sectors need to expand services to accommodate population growth and aging, as well as expand insurance coverage," said Marcia R. Weaver, a professor at IHME and study co-author, in a news relea...

'The NHS turned its back on mum – and it cost us £250,000'

Health
Spending on vital care services for the elderly has been cut by a quarter per head since 2010, a BBC analysis shows. It has left growing numbers of families struggling to get the help they need. One family caught in this trap told the BBC about their struggles.Fifteen years ago Russell Byfield retired. He had worked hard all his life building up his heating and plumbing business.It was time to enjoy his retirement with his wife Maureen. They had plans to travel, spend time with their family and enjoy their leisure.But within a couple of years, all that changed. Maureen was diagnosed with dementia. She was in her early 70s. A modern browser wit...
Sam Burgess says individual egos and selfish players cost England at World Cup

Sam Burgess says individual egos and selfish players cost England at World Cup

Sports
England's early exit from the 2015 World Cup was the result of "individual egos and selfish players", says cross-code international Sam Burgess.England became the first World Cup hosts not to reach the knockout stage, after defeats by Wales and Australia.Burgess joined Bath from South Sydney Rabbitohs a year before the World Cup, but his selection by coach Stuart Lancaster sparked much debate. The 29-year-old said he was "committed" but "others had their own agendas".Former Bradford Bulls player Burgess was responding to the news Andy Farrell will replace Joe Schmidt as Ireland coach after the 2019 World Cup.Farrell, himself a former dual-code England player, was Lancaster's assistant coach d...
Climate change: Low cost, low energy cooling system shows promise

Climate change: Low cost, low energy cooling system shows promise

Science
Researchers in the US have scaled up a new low-cost system that could provide efficient cooling for homes while using very little electricity.The team has developed a roof-top sized array, built from a highly reflective material made from glass and polymers.In tests, the system kept water around 10C cooler than the ambient air when exposed to midday sunlight in summer. The approach could also be scaled up to cool power stations and data centres.The system is based around what's termed a cooling meta-material, which is essentially an engineered film not found in nature. Last year, researchers at CU Boulder in the US published research on the extraordinary properties of the new film, which reflects back almost all incoming light fr...
'Ending austerity' will cost £19bn, IFS warns chancellor

'Ending austerity' will cost £19bn, IFS warns chancellor

Business
The only way the chancellor can end austerity is to borrow substantial sums or raise Britain's tax burden to the highest level for nearly 70 years, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has warned. In its closely-watched green budget, a survey of the UK economy and public finances, the IFS said that even the mildest version of "ending austerity" would cost a minimum of £19bn - the equivalent of a penny on income tax, National Insurance and on VAT.The IFS added that there was effectively no prospect of a "Brexit dividend" for the public finances and warned that UK economic growth would remain weak for another two years.Its report comes a fortnight ahead of the chancellor's winter budget, in which he will unveil his latest plans for borrowing and spending. But the I...