Health Care

11:20am

Mon May 21, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Health Think Tank Crunches Health Prices For The Masses

Originally published on Tue May 22, 2012 7:06 am

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It turns out we may not know nearly as much about all the money spent on health care in the U.S. as we thought we did.

But there's a new group that wants to, well, remedy that.

The problem, Martin Gaynor, chairman of the Health Care Cost Institute, told Shots, is that "two-thirds of the population has private [health] insurance, but most of the information comes from Medicare."

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6:52am

Mon May 21, 2012
Health

Patients Go Bankrupt As Medical Costs Soar

Kimberly Fague filed for bankruptcy after an illness took its toll. The Colorado woman racked up $15,000 in costs that her government health insurance didn’t cover.
Carol McKinley Colorado Public News

In 2008, Kimberly Fague was diagnosed with organ failure. Plagued by nausea, she lost a third of her body weight. She suffered from confusion and constant fatigue. Her liver and surrounding organs swelled to the point that she developed a hernia.

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3:08am

Mon May 21, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Your Stories Of Being Sick Inside The U.S. Health Care System

Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 8:42 pm

Douglas Harlow Brown, 80, of East Lansing, Mich., watches birds inside a medical rehab facility.
Brittney Lohmiller for NPR

To get a feeling for what being sick in America is really like, and to help us understand the findings of our poll with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health, NPR did a call-out on Facebook. We asked people to share their experiences of the health care system, and within 24 hours, we were flooded with close to 1,000 responses.

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10:33pm

Sun May 20, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Poll: What It's Like To Be Sick In America

Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 6:21 pm

In the lull between the Supreme Court arguments over the federal health overhaul law and the decision expected in June, we thought we'd ask Americans who actually use the health system quite a bit how they view the quality of care and its cost.

Most surveys don't break it down this way.

When the results came back, we found that people who have a serious medical condition or who've been in the hospital in the past year tended to have more concerns about costs and quality than people who aren't sick. No big surprise there.

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9:43am

Thu May 10, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Recalculating The Health Bill In McAllen, Texas

Branded: Hospitals in McAllen, Texas, may not be as costly as first thought.
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