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How Marketing Drives Up Medical Lab Tests—and Your Costs

A front-line doctor dissects in The New England Journal of Medicine why a $30 pap smear test to detect cervical cancer now costs $1,000 or more. And how the marketing practices behind that exponential, and unnecessary, jump in costs could lead to a rise in cervical cancer deaths.

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Gun Violence Medical Costs Top $630 Million a Year

A new study through the Urban Institute seeks to tally the cost of treating gunshot victims in the United States, and calls for fresh policies to reduce gun violence as the Affordable Care Act will likely shift more of that financial burden on government programs.

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Most Bankruptcies Caused by Medical Bills

A new study reveals that through-the-roof medical bills are the cause of more than 60 percent of bankruptcies in the U.S. From 2001 to 2007, bankruptcies associated with medical debt increased by 50 percent, and 75 percent of the families surveyed actually had health insurance.

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