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Enrollment in national HMOs operating in two or more states grew by 14.6 percent, while the number of such companies dropped by 17.4 percent over the last five years, says InterStudy Publications. It's a sign of mergers, acquisitions, and consolidations in the industry.... Pharmaceutical companies employ 81 percent more people in their marketing departments than in their research and development departments, according to a survey by the Boston University School of Public Health.... Forty-three percent of the elderly who lack prescription drug coverage and who are minorities, have annual incomes of less than $10,000, or have out-of-pocket prescription drug costs of greater than $100 a month say they restrict their use of medication because of cost, according to the University of California-San Francisco Department of Medicine.... The American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine has called on Congress to enact universal coverage. ACP-ASIM is seeking input on a proposal that would implement it, incrementally, over seven years.

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