Health Care

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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4:31am

Wed May 9, 2012
Health

Waiting To Buy Long-Term-Care Insurance Adds Up

Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 10:14 am

Kimberly Lankford is a writer for Kipplinger's Retirement Report.
Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine

Kimberly Lankford, personal finance writer for Kiplinger.com and Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, talks to David Greene about the shifting market for long-term-care insurance, and if it is still worth buying.

Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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