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Addiction Clinics Market Pricey, Unproven Treatments To Desperate Patients

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Jason was hallucinating. He was withdrawing from drugs at an addiction treatment center near Indianapolis, and he had hardly slept for several days. “He was reaching for things, and he was talking to Bill Gates and he was talking to somebody else I’m just certain he hasn’t met,” his mother, Cheryl, says. She remembers finding ….  Read More

KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: All About Medicare

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Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Before “Medicare for All,” there was just Medicare, the very popular program that serves 60 million Americans age 65 and older or younger people with certain disabilities. But while Medicare is much loved by most of those it serves, it is anything but simple. This ….  Read More

Feds Pave The Way To Expand Home Dialysis — But Patients Hit Roadblocks

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Judith Graham Home dialysis for older adults will become more common in the years ahead, experts predict — but not without overcoming significant challenges. By 2025, the Trump administration wants 80% of people newly diagnosed with kidney failure to receive home dialysis or kidney transplants, according to an executive order issued in July. Currently, more ….  Read More

Shopping Abroad For Cheaper Medication? Here’s What You Need To Know

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In its effort to temper the sky-high prices Americans pay for many vital medications, the Trump administration last month unveiled a plan that would legalize the importation of selected prescription drugs from countries where they sell for far less. But the plan addresses imports only at the wholesale level; it is silent about the transactions ….  Read More

Watch: Trump-Pence Policy Shift Makes Birth Control Harder To Get

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August 20, 2019 KHN correspondent Sarah Varney talks with PBS NewsHour‘s Yamiche Alcindor on Monday about how the Trump administration’s policy shift on Title X family planning funds is likely to make birth control harder to get and more expensive for low-income women. It will also shift funds from organizations like Planned Parenthood to the ….  Read More

The Collapse Of A Hospital Empire — And Towns Left In The Wreckage

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SWEET SPRINGS, Mo. — The money was so good in the beginning, and it seemed it might gush forever, right through tiny country hospitals in Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and into the coffers of companies controlled by Jorge A. Perez, his family and business partners. It was his “secret sauce,” the rotund Miami entrepreneur would smilingly ….  Read More

A Brush With A Notorious Cat, My Rabies Education And The Big Bill That Followed

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I was just petting an orange tabby cat in my Falls Church, Va., neighborhood, a cat I’d never met before. He was very cute. And he was purring and butting his head against my hand. Until he wasn’t. He sunk his teeth into my wrist, hissed at me and ran off. So began my personal ….  Read More

ER Redo: As Rural Hospital Closes, Emergency Care Is On The Blink With Fate Uncertain

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Linda Findley’s husband, Robert, died after falling on the ice during a winter storm this February in Fort Scott, Kan. Mercy Hospital had recently closed, and Robert had to be flown to a neurology center 90 miles north in Kansas City, Mo., but at least three air ambulance pilots turned down the call from local ….  Read More

Among Hurdles For Those With Opioid Addictions: Getting The Drug To Treat It

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Louis Morano knew what he needed, and he knew where to get it. He made his way to a mobile medical clinic parked on a corner of Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood, in the geographical heart of the city’s overdose crisis. People call it “the bupe bus.” Morano, 29, has done seven stints in rehab for opioid ….  Read More