A mountain of drugs are wasted every year. The pills might be small, but the costs to healthcare are immense.
Seriously ill people in that state are more likely to have their end-of-life wishes honored — including fewer intensive-care hospitalizations and more home hospice enrollments — than those living in neighboring Washington state or the rest of the country.
California government agencies buy a lot of drugs. Could they keep prices down by banding together? One legislator wants to find out.
Healthcare is one of the economy's bright spots for job growth. But efforts to control runaway costs could slow or even reverse that trend, leaving policy makers with few good options.