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Health Overhaul May Cure Pre-Existing Conditions

One part of the health care overhaul bill does seem to have broad support. It would change the individual insurance market — that’s where people buy insurance on their own, rather than through an employer. Under the measure, insurance companies would not be allowed to deny you coverage based on pre-existing [...]

Why MRIs Are So Much Cheaper in Japan

Prices for MRIs are much cheaper in Japan than in the U.S. The difference in prices provides some insight into why health care costs are so high in the U.S. There’s something else at work, too. MRIs are very popular in Japan: Some people get them every year even if they [...]

Price Disparities Common In Health Care System

Prices for identical goods and services are usually the same or very close at competing businesses. That’s not the case when it comes to health care — not by a long shot. For example, in Pensacola, Fla., there are huge price disparities for MRI tests. It’s not a matter of greed [...]

One Pill Two Pill, Red Pill Blue Pill

Planet Money and This American Life’s show on health insurance companies including why prescription drug coupons could actually be increasing how much we pay, and prevent us from even telling how much drugs cost. (13 1/2 minutes).  Listen here.

Economists: ‘Cadillac Tax’ May Mean Higher Wages

One of the biggest sticking points with the plan to overhaul health care has been how to pay for it. The Senate wants to impose a so-called “Cadillac Tax.” That is, a tax on the most expensive health care plans. Economists say in the long run the tax would result in [...]

Ex-Patients To Return to Mental Hospital as Employees

Western State Mental Hospital, near Tacoma has been trying to reduce its use of seclusion and restraints. It’s part of a shift toward increased patient input and respect. Now, Western is taking that idea a step further. The hospital wants patients who have been discharged to return to Western – this time to work as [...]

90 Year-Old a Living History of Diabetes Treatment

When insulin was first discovered more than 80 years ago, everyone thought it was a cure for diabetes. Turns out, the disease was more complicated. Gladys Dull of Walla Walla, WA was one of the first people to get an insulin shot. Listen here.

Wanted: Small Town Doctors

Quality health care can be hard to find for residents of small towns and rural areas. Pomeroy, Washington is trying once again to sell small-town life to big-city doctors. Listen here.

Parents of Stillborn Babies Push for Recognition

Parents in a number of states around the nation are fighting for what they see as recognition of their stillborn babies. They want the state to issue birth certificates for their babies instead of fetal death certificates. A few states have complied. Listen here.