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These Are The 20 Most Expensive Surgeries In The US

Every year, doctors in U.S. hospitals perform about 15 million operations. Having surgery more than doubles the cost of your hospital stay. So which operations are the costliest? The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a government agency, crunched the latest numbers (from 2011) for its February 2014 statistical brief. […]
These Are The 20 Most Expensive Surgeries In The US
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This $US55,000 Bill Is The Perfect Example Of Our Broken Hospital System

“I never truly understood how much healthcare in the US costs until I got appendicitis in October,” wrote Reddit user zcypher, identifying himself as “a 20 year old guy.” He posted the hospital bill to Reddit after he was shocked by the price. (See more images below): Here’s the cost […]
This $US55,000 Bill Is The Perfect Example Of Our Broken Hospital System
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7 Eye-Popping Details From The TIME Cover Story On Health Care Costs

[credit provider=”National Trust for Historic Preservation” url=”https://nthp.widencollective.com/AssetSearchResults,border.search.quickSearch.QuickSearchForm.sdirect”] In a new Time Magazine cover story, reporter Steven Brill writes a rather lengthy piece about the huge problem with health care costs in the United States.The piece, titled “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us,” goes in-depth on the big problems facing […]
7 Eye-Popping Details From The TIME Cover Story On Health Care Costs
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Romney Is Dead Wrong That People Don’t Die Because They Don’t Have Insurance

[credit provider=”AP”] In an interview with the Columbus Dispatch in Ohio published Thursday, Mitt Romney repeated a claim that already got him in trouble once this cycle and reflects an enduring belief among Republicans: that people in the U.S. don’t die because they lack health insurance.”[Y]ou go to the hospital, […]
Romney Is Dead Wrong That People Don’t Die Because They Don’t Have Insurance
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This Astrophysicist Blogged Her Open-Heart Surgery

[credit provider=”Defective Heart Girl Problems” url=”http://defectiveheartgirlproblems.wordpress.com/”] On April 19, Dr. Allan Stewart told Summer Ash that she needed open heart surgery. Summer is a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University in the Astrophysics department.She blogs at Newtonianism for the Ladies, tweets as @Summer_Ash, and is the in-house Astrophysicist for The Rachel […]
This Astrophysicist Blogged Her Open-Heart Surgery
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Your Hospital Isn’t Nearly As Safe As You Think It Is

[credit provider=”Flickr via artwork_rebel” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/artwork_rebel/2547812561/in/photostream/”] As consumers, we spend so much time searching for errors in the digits and dollar signs on our hospital bills that it’s easy to forget some of the worst damage can happen before we even leave the building. “Bad things happen in all hospitals,” writes Consumer Reports. […]
Your Hospital Isn’t Nearly As Safe As You Think It Is
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More Americans Are Turning To Health Co-ops To Lower Their Costs

[credit provider=”flickr/armymedicine” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/armymedicine/5125404825/sizes/l/in/photostream/”] As the cost of health care continues to rise, health care co-ops are becoming the go-to choice for people who can’t afford to take the traditional route for medical needs. Self-employed consultant, Alesha Adamson, told KATU’s Anna Canzano she joined Patient/Physician Cooperative (PPC), a local health co-op in Oregon, when […]
More Americans Are Turning To Health Co-ops To Lower Their Costs
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A US Hospital Billed This Student $143K For Treating His Snake Bite

[credit provider=”CNN” url=”http://www.cnn.com/video/?hpt=hp_t2#/video/us/2012/05/31/dnt-snake-bite-bill.kgtv”] Norway is abuzz over an outrageous bill by an American hospital, which was reportedly the highest his insurance had ever seen.Dag-Are Trydal, a Norwegian foreign exchange student, got bit by a rattlesnake on April 26th and was rushed to the hospital. Adding insult to injury, the hospital slapped him with […]
A US Hospital Billed This Student $143K For Treating His Snake Bite