Healthcare Business Review: Companies Give Vouchers To Workers, Novartis’s Success

A move to the voucher system may well be underway, in the manner in which companies provide health insurance for their employees. Sears and Darden Restaurants are examples of the trend, as they give workers cash so that they can find coverage from an online marketplace. Some companies, such as AON Corporation (NYSE:AON), WellPoint (NYSE:WLP), and Towers Watson & Co. (NYSE:TW), are betting on the new system proving viable, but UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) is waiting to see how it all goes down.

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Phase II data indicates that Novartis’ (NYSE:NVS) AIN457 treatment might significantly improve moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis on the hands, feet and nails. Somewhere near 125 million persons worldwide suffer from plaque psoriasis, which is a hard-to-treat chronic disease with thick and extensive skin lesions that cause itching, scaling and pain.

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