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Cómo evitar, o deshacerse, de una deuda médica

Lori Mangum tenía 32 años cuando aparecieron tumores del tamaño de manzanas en su cabeza. Ahora, seis años y 10 cirugías después, el cáncer de piel desapareció. Pero su dolor sigue vivo, en la forma de una deuda médica. Incluso con seguro, Mangum pagó $36,000 de su bolsillo, cargos que surgieron del hospital, el cirujano, […]

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Big Employers Are Offering Abortion Benefits. Will the Information Stay Safe?

In response to the Supreme Court’s overturning of Americans’ constitutional right to abortion, large employers thought they had found a way to help workers living in states where abortions would be banned: provide benefits to support travel to other states for services. But that solution is only triggering questions. Experts warn that simply claiming the […]

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His-and-Hers Cataract Surgeries, But His Bill Was 20 Times as Much

Danilo Manimtim’s vision was cloudy and blurred — and it was growing worse. The 73-year-old retired orthopedic surgeon in Fresno, California, knew it was time for cataract surgery. “It’s like car tires wearing out because you drive on them so much,” he said. In December 2021, he went to the outpatient department of the local […]

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Watch: She Almost Died. The $250K Debt Took Their House.

[embedded content] Cindy Powers needed 19 surgeries over the course of five years for abdominal problems and life-threatening infections. “I knew of at least three times where she died on the operating table and they had to restart her heart,” her husband, Jim Powers, told investigative consumer correspondent Anna Werner on the CBS Evening News. […]

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Watch: Still Paying Off Bills From Twins’ Birth. The Kids Are 10 Now.

[embedded content] Marcus and Allyson Ward carefully planned their finances before having children — but they owed $80,000 after their twins were born prematurely. Years later, after exhausting savings and retirement accounts, they are still paying off that debt. The family is among 100 million people in America systematically pushed into medical debt, according to […]

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Buy and Bust: When Private Equity Comes for Rural Hospitals

MEXICO, Mo. — When the new corporate owners of two rural hospitals suddenly announced they would stop admitting patients one Friday in March, Kayla Schudel, a nurse, stood resolute in the nearly empty lobby of Audrain Community Hospital: “You’ll be seen; the ER is open.” The hospital — with 40 beds and five clinics — […]

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Trauma Surgeons Detail the Horror of Mass Shootings in the Wake of Uvalde and Call for Reforms

When Dr. Roy Guerrero, a pediatrician in Uvalde, Texas, testified before a U.S. House committee Wednesday about gun violence, he told lawmakers about the horror of seeing the bodies of two of the 19 children killed in the Robb Elementary massacre. They were so pulverized, he said, that they could be identified only by their […]

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Lawmaker Takes on Insurance Companies and Gets Personal About His Health

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Scott Wiener made a startling revelation at a spring legislative committee hearing: “I was in the hospital. I experienced the most intense abdominal pain that I could even imagine.” The Democratic state senator recalled crawling up the stairs to his landlord’s apartment last July to get a ride to the hospital. The […]

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Agotados por covid y por trabajar 80 horas a la semana, médicos residentes deciden sindicalizarse

En las primeras semanas de la pandemia, el doctor Lorenzo González, entonces residente de segundo año de medicina familiar en el Centro Médico Harbor-UCLA, trabajaba hasta 80 horas a la semana en la unidad de terapia intensiva. Siempre tenía miedo de contraer covid-19 y se sentía culpable por no tener tiempo suficiente para ayudar a […]

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‘An Arm and a Leg’: Private Equity Is Everywhere in Health Care. Really.

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. Click here for a transcript of the episode. When a listener wrote to us about a pricey colonoscopy quote, we got curious. It turns out, a few years back, investors identified gastroenterology as their next hot-ticket item.  Private equity companies are the house-flippers of the investment world, […]