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Nonprofit Hospital Stops Suing So Many Poor Patients: Will Others Follow?

A story by ProPublica and NPR and a Senate investigation prompt a Missouri nonprofit hospital to change its policies and forgive thousands of patients’ debts. But without similar scrutiny, it’s unclear if other hospitals that sue the poor will change.

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The Consequences for Violating Patient Privacy in California? Depends Where the Hospital Is

An analysis found California officials are inconsistently enforcing a 2008 patient privacy law. Hospitals in the state’s Inland Empire rack up deficiencies while Los Angeles hospitals almost never do.

Posted on Jan 5, 2016 READ MORE



Would Washington’s FDA Fix Cure the Patients or the Drug Industry?

A bill that would speed up approval for medications and medical devices shows how a major initiative can get traction even in the midst of Washington gridlock — but critics say all the lobbying is drowning out some warnings about patient safety.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE



Senator to Hospitals: Stop Suing Poor Patients

Prompted by an investigation by ProPublica and NPR, Sen. Charles Grassley asks a Missouri nonprofit hospital to explain why it seizes the wages of thousands of its patients.

Posted on Jan 24, 2015 READ MORE



How Nonprofit Hospitals Are Seizing Patients’ Wages

One Missouri hospital has sued thousands of uninsured patients who couldn’t pay for their care, then grabbed a hefty portion of their paychecks to cover the bills. “We will be paying them off until we die,” one debtor said.

Posted on Dec 20, 2014 READ MORE



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Even After Doctors Are Sanctioned or Arrested, Medicare Keeps Paying

A ProPublica analysis of recently released data shows that dozens of physicians who received payments from Medicare in 2012 had been kicked out of Medicaid, charged with fraud, or settled claims of overbilling Medicare itself.

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The U.S. Has the Best Health Care System in the World—for Drug Companies

Two new articles dive into the ways in which the pharmaceutical industry has gamed the market forces behind U.S. drug prices, and how sweetheart deals between doctors and financing firms are gouging the economically vulnerable.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 READ MORE


U.S. Medical Refugees Flee to India

An increasing number of the 46 million Americans without health insurance have begun fleeing to places as far away as India to get lifesaving medical treatments.

Posted on Dec 12, 2006 READ MORE


Shocker: Study Shrugs Off Prayer’s Power to Heal

A nationwide study finds that having strangers pray for heart patients does not help their health. In fact, the prayed-for are actually more likely to suffer complications.

Posted on Mar 31, 2006 READ MORE


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