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Problems with your hospital care? Speak up!

November 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Problems with your hospital care? Speak up!

There are laws that cover, among other things, your rights to privacy, nondiscrimination, language interpretation and visitation. But beyond legal protections, there are people you can talk to and steps you can take to improve your situation if you feel you’re not getting the care you deserve. And patients’ opinions do count.

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UW study finds more rapid improvement in cystic fibrosis patients in the US compared to Canada

November 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
UW study finds more rapid improvement in cystic fibrosis patients in the US compared to Canada

A comparison of cystic fibrosis patients in the United States and Canada showed that, although the patients’ nutritional status and lung function  improved in both countries from 1990 to 2013, the improvement rate was faster in the United States.

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Years before heading offshore, herpes researcher experimented on people in U.S.

November 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Years before heading offshore, herpes researcher experimented on people in U.S.

Three years before launching an offshore herpes vaccine trial, an American researcher vaccinated patients in U.S. hotel rooms in brazen violation of U.S. law.

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Taken for a ride? Ambulances stick patients with surprise bills

November 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Taken for a ride? Ambulances stick patients with surprise bills

One patient got a $3,600 bill for a 4-mile ride. Another was charged $8,460 for a trip from one California hospital that could not handle his case to a facility that could. Still another found herself marooned at an out-of-network hospital, where she’d been taken by ambulance without her consent.

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Shingles: Don’t let it get you the way it got Me

November 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Shingles: Don’t let it get you the way it got Me

The shingles shot used to be for folks 60 and up. But a new and more effective vaccine targeting the 50-and-older crowd was approved last month by the Food and Drug Administration and recommended by an advisory panel of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Some US hospitals don’t put Americans first for liver transplants

November 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Some US hospitals don’t put Americans first for liver transplants

Little known to the public, or to sick patients and their families, organs donated domestically are sometimes given to patients flying in from other countries, who often pay a premium.

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Despite ACA cost protections, most adolescents skip regular checkups

November 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Despite ACA cost protections, most adolescents skip regular checkups

Regular checkups could help families address such problems, and the Affordable Care Act paved the way by requiring insurers to fully cover well-child visits, at no charge to patients. But fewer than half of kids ages 10 to 17 were getting routine annual physical exams.

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US military tested mustard gas on soldiers and kept it secret

November 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
US military tested mustard gas on soldiers and kept it secret

During World War II, the government subjected thousands of troops to mustard gas tests — and kept it a secret. More than 60 years later, an NPR reporter and researcher helped the men get justice.

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Medicaid expansion takes a bite out of medical debt

November 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Medicaid expansion takes a bite out of medical debt

A study from the Urban Institute finds that personal debt due to medical expenses remain far higher in states that haven’t expanded Medicaid.

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How older patients can dodge pitfalls entrenched in our health system

November 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
How older patients can dodge pitfalls entrenched in our health system

The US health care system serves the elderly poorly. A new book provides guidance to help seniors receive the best care possible.

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