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Healthcare Shares End Nearly Flat Amid Setback for Covid Treatment — Health Care Roundup

Healthcare shares were nearly flat.

AstraZeneca's coronavirus antibody treatment failed in late-stage clinical trials to achieve its primary goal of preventing symptomatic Covid-19 in people recently exposed to the virus, the latest disappointment in a broader search for reliable post-infection therapies.

Meanwhile, a national charity will for the first time buy medical debt, totaling $278 million, directly from hospitals, a push to speed financial relief to patients, many of whom shouldn't have been billed at all under the hospitals' financial-aid policies.

RIP Medical Debt, which uses donations to wipe out unpaid medical bills, has reached a deal with nonprofit Ballad Health, a dominant hospital system in Tennessee and Virginia, to buy debt owed by 82,000 low-income patients.

 Write to Amy Pessetto at amy.pessetto@dowjones.com 

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June 15, 2021 17:09 ET (21:09 GMT)

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