LAS VEGAS — If the scores of personal health care devices at the Consumer Electronics Show last week are any indication, it’s clear that the Apple Watch has kicked off a rush by high-tech companies to capitalize on people’s worries about their health. The latest version of the watch, which was announced last fall, detects […]Continue Reading ...
Scrolling through the GoFundMe website reveals seemingly an endless number of people who need help or community support. A common theme: the cost of health care. It didn’t start out this way. Back in 2010, when the crowdfunding website began, it suggested fundraisers for “ideas and dreams,” “wedding donations and honeymoon registry” or “special occasions.” […]Continue Reading ...
[protected-iframe id=”70317e80538508fe9b1a074ac8046c98-7618883-121704370″ info=”https://www.npr.org/player/embed/676039371/681851613″ width=”100%” height=”290″ frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no”] A recent study out of Oregon suggests emergency medical responders — EMTs and paramedics — may be treating minority patients differently from the way they treat white patients. Specifically, the scientists found that black patients in their study were 40 percent less likely to get pain medication than […]Continue Reading ...
Hoping to earn its share of the $3.5 trillion health care market, the medical industry is pouring more money than ever into advertising its products — from high-priced prescriptions to do-it-yourself genetic tests and unapproved stem cell treatments. Spending on health care marketing doubled from 1997 to 2016, soaring to at least $30 billion a […]Continue Reading ...
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If Friday night’s district court ruling that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional were to be upheld, far more than the law’s most high-profile provisions would be at stake. In fact, canceling the law in full — as Judge Reed O’Connor in Fort Worth, Texas, ordered in his 55-page decision — could thrust the entire […]Continue Reading ...
[protected-iframe id=”b285cd512453d120662d5a0859052f27-7618883-97277977″ info=”https://player.wbur.org/commonhealth/2018/12/20/cunningham-angel-medflight-charges” width=”100%” height=”124″ scrolling=”no”] Kristina Cunningham was in stable condition on an evening in June, when EMTs lifted her gurney into a medical flight, bound for Boston. The 34-year-old couldn’t use her right arm or speak clearly after a stroke six days earlier, and still had two blood clots at the base of […]Continue Reading ...
Every morning at Watsonville Community Hospital in Northern California, the labor and delivery team divvies up its patients — low-risk ones go to the midwives and high-risk ones to the physicians. Then, throughout the day, the doctors and midwives work together to ensure the births go smoothly. “We kind of divide and conquer,” said Dr. […]Continue Reading ...
As the partial government shutdown drags on, about 800,000 federal employees who work for the shuttered agencies — and their families — are facing the reality of life without a paycheck. And those workers need to consider a host of other related issues as they attempt to make ends meet. For starters, what will happen […]Continue Reading ...
[khn_slabs slabs=”828733″] Happy New Year! Welcome to 2019 and the 116th Congress! I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful break, because now the fun (or something in that neighborhood) starts again. Democrats are raring to go now that the new class has been sworn in and Nancy Pelosi has retaken the House gavel. They’re […]Continue Reading ...
Danette Lake thought surgery would relieve the pain in her knees. The arthritis pain began as a dull ache in her early 40s, brought on largely by the pressure of unwanted weight. Lake managed to lose 200 pounds through dieting and exercise, but the pain in her knees persisted. A sexual assault two years ago […]Continue Reading ...
In 2018, KHN and NPR launched “Bill of the Month,” a crowdsourced investigation in which we dissect, investigate and explain medical bills you send us. In telling the story behind one patient’s bill each month — scroll down for capsules and links — our goal is to understand the genesis of the often exorbitant and […]Continue Reading ...
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