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Report: Government will pay half of U.S. healthcare costs by 2020 (Morning Read)

The future under the Obama healthcare plan. Federal, state and local governments will pay nearly half of all healthcare costs by 2020, according to new federal spending data outlining how the Obama healthcare plan will change healthcare spending over the next several years. Increased Medicaid and Medicare enrollment combined with fewer employers offering healthcare plans will shift the burden so that the government pays 49 percent of all health spending, or $2.28 trillion, the report says — an increase of 44 percent from just two years ago.

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The future under the Obama healthcare plan. Federal, state and local governments will pay nearly half of all healthcare costs by 2020, according to new federal spending data outlining how the Obama healthcare plan will change healthcare spending over the next several years. Increased Medicaid and Medicare enrollment combined with fewer employers offering healthcare plans will shift the burden so that the government pays 49 percent of all health spending, or $2.28 trillion, the report says — an increase of 44 percent from just two years ago.

However, the growth rate of healthcare expenditures will be about the same as it would have been without the healthcare overhaul, the report predicts.

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More timely transplants ahead. A new combination therapy could help those in need of a kidney transplant find a donor sooner. The therapy uses plasmapheresis to filter blood plasma to remove antibodies, followed by low doses of intravenous immune globulin, in order to desensitize the patient from needing certain antigens to be matched to its kidney donor.

Clinical trials cost more than ever. Not only are healthcare costs rising, but the costs of developing healthcare is rocketing, too. Increasing competition for trial sites and CROs that can deliver reliable data are driving up the cost of all phases of clinical trials, according to a recent Cutting Edge Information survey. As a result, more clinical trials are being outsourced now than ever.

Calling all docs: The new OnPage App from Onset Technologies, available for Blackberry and iPhone, claims to be able to replace the typical pager. It allows senders to know if and when their page was received and allows docs to reply to pages directly.

Medco, AstraZeneca subpoenas. The U.S. Department of Justice has delivered subpoenas to Medco Health Solutions Inc (MHS.N) and AstraZeneca Plc (AZN.L) for documents about the companies’ relationship surrounding four AstraZeneca drugs. This news comes just a week after Medco announced plans to be bought by Express Scripts to create the industry’s largest pharmacy benefit manager.

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