‘Wisdom and fear’ lead 90 percent of seniors to get vaccinated
Amid the latest surge in covid-19 cases and hospitalizations, the United States on Tuesday hit a milestone that some thought was unattainable: 90% of people 65 and older are at least partly vaccinated against the disease. “This really shows our elders are wiser than the rest of us,” said... Read more
Bike crash leads to nightmare medical bills
In a sprint with a pack of riders at the velodrome track in eastern Pennsylvania, Phil Gaimon sailed over his handlebars after colliding with a fellow racer. Gaimon hit the ground hard. The result: a fractured collarbone, five broken ribs, a partially collapsed lung and a broken scapula — his... Read more
Contraception is free to women, except when it’s not
For Stephanie Force, finding a birth control method that she likes and can get without paying out-of-pocket has been a struggle, despite the Affordable Care Act’s promise of free contraceptives for women and adolescent girls in most health plans. Read more
Trauma centers charge big fees for treating minor injuries
Tens of thousands of times a year, hospitals charge enormously expensive trauma alert fees for injuries so minor the patient is never admitted. In Florida alone, where the number of trauma centers has exploded, hospitals charged such fees more than 13,000 times in 2019 even though the patient went home... Read more
Hospital price transparency: For many, it’s still anyone’s guess
A Trump administration price transparency took effect at the start of this year. It requires hospitals to post a range of actual prices — everything from the rates they offer cash-paying customers to costs negotiated with insurers. Many have complied. But some hospitals bury the data deep on their websites or... Read more

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