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Upfront Costs Of Going Digital Overwhelm Some Doctors

11 hours 53 min ago

Physicians with small practices may be especially hard hit by federal regulations that aim to bring doctoring into the digital age in 2015.

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Africa Inspires A Health Care Experiment In New York

11 hours 55 min ago

Dr. Prabhjot Singh lives and works in Harlem, a neighborhood plagued by chronic disease. He thinks an African model of health care can help — training people in the community to be health educators.

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Georgia's 'Coverage Gap' Leaves Many Uninsured

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 4:34pm

The state did not expand Medicaid so many of their target audience — African-Americans and Latinos — may make too much to qualify for Medicaid but too little to get subsidies.

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In The Hospital, There's No Such Thing As A Lesbian Knee

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:06pm

People in the LGBT community often have a hard time getting appropriate health care. But the problems aren't unique to them. Doesn't everyone want to have a doctor call them by their preferred name?

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The 2 Things That Rarely Happen After A Medical Mistake

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:13am

When patients are harmed by a medical error, they rarely are told about it or given an apology, according to a study based on ProPublica's Patient Harm Questionnaire.

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White House Acknowledges Over-Counting Obamacare Signups

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 4:40pm

The administration said some people who had dental plans separate from their health care coverage were mistakenly counted twice. The GOP says it was a deliberate attempt to inflate the numbers.

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A Worry In Theory, Medical Data Privacy Draws A Yawn In Practice

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 11:25am

Nearly three-quarters of Americans say their doctors use electronic records. The overwhelming majority of people aren't particularly concerned about the privacy of the information, an NPR poll finds.

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6 Pitfalls To Avoid When Picking Insurance On The Job

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 8:59am

Even if your health insurance is provided by an employer, your plan may be changing quite a bit in 2015. Here's a guide to the questions you should keep in mind when looking over your options.

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Americans Think Ebola Is A Top Health Care Problem

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 5:05pm

A new poll shows Ebola is the one of the top health concerns of Americans, below access to health care and affordable health care. Robert Siegel talks to Frank Newport, editor in chief at Gallup.

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More States Adopt Laws To Ease Access To Experimental Treatments

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 1:51pm

While several states have approved so-called right-to-try measures that aim to give patients with life-threatening illnesses access to unapproved drugs, drugmakers don't have to comply.

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Native Americans Urged To Sign Up For Private Insurance

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 5:06am

The second round of buying health insurance on the Affordable Care Act exchanges has started. Health officials say Native Americans may have much to gain by buying insurance there.

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Doctor Shortage Looming? Maybe Not

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 3:32am

Physicians have been warning for years about a coming shortage of primary care doctors. But others say primary care teams that include other types of health workers might fill the gap better.

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In California, That MRI Will Cost You $255 — Or Maybe $6,221

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 4:06pm

It's almost impossible to comparison shop for medical tests and procedures. A crowdsourcing experiment by two NPR member stations in California is aimed at making those numbers less mysterious.

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Sun, 11/16/2014 - 7:08pm

The second open enrollment period at began Saturday. The website is better than last year's version, but approval of the Affordable Care Act remains low.

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Despite Criticism, Affordable Care Act Soldiers On

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 5:04pm

Open enrollment for health insurance plans sold under the Affordable Care Act's health exchanges begin Saturday. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News and Jose Plaza of Enroll America.

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Ebola-Infected Doctor Arrives In Nebraska For Treatment

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 4:53pm

Dr. Martin Salia, who got the virus while working in Sierra Leone, is said to be sicker than some of the other patients who have been successfully treated for the disease in the U.S.

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They Paid How Much? How Negotiated Deals Hide Health Care's Cost

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 7:48am

A patient's portion of a health care bill is the result of a complicated equation. But it's simple compared with the variety of deals insurers negotiate with hospitals and doctors.

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Fri, 11/14/2014 - 5:11pm

Open enrollment in Obamacare resumes Saturday. While no one expects a repeat of last year's disastrous launch, millions of people will be trying to renew coverage or sign up for the first time.

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Hurricane Sandy Stranded Dialysis Patients. Lessons Learned?

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 4:06pm

A quarter of the dialysis patients who were in New York City when Hurricane Sandy hit missed at least one treatment due to power outages. Yet, not many are prepared for the next disaster.

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Preemies May Be Exposed To High Levels Of Phthalates In The NICU

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 11:10am

Chemicals in medical equipment can be transferred to patients, and it's a particular concern with premature infants whose bodies and brains are immature.

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