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Yesterday โ€” September 17th 2019NPR Health Care

As Texas Cracks Down On Abortion, Austin Votes To Help Women Defray Costs

By Ashley Lopez
A group gathers at the state capitol in Austin, Texas, in May to protest abortion restrictions. In defiance of the state

The Austin City Council is defying Texas state legislators, setting aside $150,000 in city funds to help local women who seek abortions pay for attendant costs, such as transportation or child care.

(Image credit: Eric Gay/AP)

  • September 17th 2019 at 11:09
Before yesterdayNPR Health Care

Man Tells Bernie Sanders He Will Kill Himself Because Of Medical Debt

By Scott Detrow

The presidential candidate, in a Nevada campaign stop, pushed back on criticism of his "Medicare for All" plan. Instead of asking Sanders questions, people have vented about health insurance problems.

  • September 16th 2019 at 11:02

Understanding Surprise Medical Bills Legislation

There's legislation in Congress to curb surprise medical billing. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Emmarie Huetteman of Kaiser Health News.

  • September 15th 2019 at 13:45

Democratic Debate Exposes Deep Divides Among Candidates Over Health Care

By Danielle Kurtzleben
Sen. Bernie Sanders shakes hands with former Vice President Joe Biden Thursday.

A large chunk of Thursday's Democratic primary debate featured policy brawls about health care policy — including costs, coverage and worries about whether the party is growing too extreme.

(Image credit: Michael Zamora/NPR)

  • September 13th 2019 at 06:37

How To Teach Future Doctors About Pain In The Midst Of The Opioid Crisis

By Nell Greenfieldboyce
Students in medical schools are about to become doctors in the midst of an opioid crisis. That

Around 20% of U.S. adults live with chronic pain. Medical schools traditionally haven't dedicated much time to teaching about pain and pain control, but one top school now has a mandatory course.

(Image credit: Tracy Lee for NPR)

  • September 11th 2019 at 11:02

Telepsychiatry Helps Recruitment And Patient Care In Rural Areas

By Yuki Noguchi
Dr. Abdul Subhan, a psychiatrist, at Meridian Health Services in Indiana, connects with patients over the Internet.

A telemedicine initiative at Meridian Health Services is making it possible to offer psychiatric care to more patients in remote areas. It's also helping recruit doctors in a tight labor market.

(Image credit: Yuki Noguchi/NPR)

  • September 9th 2019 at 21:01

Doctors Say Federal Rules On Discussing Abortions Inhibit Relationships With Patients

By Mara Gordon
Unlike Planned Parenthood which pulled out of Title X family planning funding, many clinics still take the funding and must comply with new rules on discussing abortion. Doctors worry it will affect their relationships with patients.

Many clinics that provide family planning services still rely on Title X funding. Their doctors worry about what they can say to patients about abortion under new rules.

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  • September 9th 2019 at 11:00

How A Prenatal 'Bootcamp' For New Dads Helps The Whole Family

By Juli Fraga
Joe Bay (center), coach of a New York City "Bootcamp for New Dads," instructs Adewale Oshodi (left) and George Pasco in how to cradle an infant for best soothing.

Prenatal classes often focus on Mom-to-be — on her shifting role and emotional needs, along with new skills. But if Dad gets sidelined early into a supporting role, research shows, everybody loses.

(Image credit: Jason LeCras for NPR)

  • September 8th 2019 at 13:00

Trump Administration Is In Court To Block Nation's 1st Supervised Injection Site

By Nina Feldman
Supporters of safe injection sites in Philadelphia rallied outside this week

Efforts to combat Philadelphia's opioid crisis with a supervised injection site could be stymied by a portion of federal law meant to protect neighborhoods during the crack epidemic of the 1980s.

(Image credit: Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

  • September 6th 2019 at 23:48

For Health Workers Struggling With Addiction, Why Are Treatment Options Limited?

By Selena Simmons-Duffin
Dr. Peter Grinspoon was a practicing physician when he became addicted to opioids. When he got caught, Grinspoon wasn

Doctors and nurses are often barred from turning to FDA-approved medications that research shows to be the most effective way to quit. Critics of that policy say stigma is undermining best practice

(Image credit: /Tony Luong for NPR)

  • September 6th 2019 at 18:11

Treatment Limitations For Physicians With Opioid Addictions

By Selena Simmons-Duffin

Opioid addiction can happen to anyone, and that includes doctors and nurses. But unlike the general population, they are often barred from medications like methadone, the gold standard of treatment.

  • September 5th 2019 at 22:12

Groupon For Medical Scans? Discounted Care Can Have Hidden Costs

By Lauren Weber
Groupon and other deal sites are the latest marketing tactic in medicine, offering bargain prices for services such as CT scans.

Groupon and other deal sites are the latest marketing tactic in medicine, offering bargain prices. But critics say pursuing such discounts can also entail getting unnecessary or duplicative services.

(Image credit: Colin Cuthbert/Science Photo Libra/Getty Images)

  • September 5th 2019 at 17:19

Groupon For Medical Scans? Discounted Care Can Have Hidden Costs

By Lauren Weber
CT scans of horizontal sections through a patient

Groupon and other deal sites are the latest marketing tactic in medicine, offering bargain prices. But critics say pursuing such discounts can also entail getting unnecessary or duplicative services.

(Image credit: Colin Cuthbert/Science Photo Libra/Getty Images)

  • September 5th 2019 at 17:19

California Again Considers Making Abortion Pills Available At Public Colleges

By April Dembosky
Abortion opponents in Sacramento, Calif., protest legislation that would require public university campuses in California to provide the pills used in medication abortion.

State lawmakers are expected to pass a bill requiring campus health centers to provide pills used for medication abortions. If the measure becomes law, it will be the first of its kind in the U.S.

(Image credit: April Dembosky/KQED)

  • September 5th 2019 at 11:01

U.S. Authorities Reconsider Some Requests To Stay From Immigrants Seeking Medical Aid

By Shannon Dooling

Immigration authorities are reconsidering some requests from migrants to be allowed to stay in the U.S. to get medical treatment. But others hoping to get care here could be facing deportation.

  • September 4th 2019 at 23:48

When Employer Demands Clash With Health Care Obligations

NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to Paul Spiegel, one of several doctors at Johns Hopkins University arguing that physicians who work in immigration detention centers could be violating the Hippocratic Oath.

  • September 3rd 2019 at 11:02

What Would Trumpcare Look Like? Follow GOP's 'Choice And Competition' Clues

By Julie Appleby
President Trump talked about expanding health coverage options for small businesses in a Rose Garden gathering at the White House in June.

President Trump promises he has a "phenomenal" health plan if the ACA is overturned in court. Here's a glimpse, according to analysts and his advisers, of what might be included in a GOP health plan.

(Image credit: Al Drago/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

  • September 3rd 2019 at 11:00

Report: Hundreds Of Florida Nursing Homes Fall Short Of Post-Irma Regulations

NPR's Michel Martin talks with reporter Elizabeth Koh about how Florida nursing facilities are preparing — or not — for intense hurricanes.

  • September 1st 2019 at 23:07

For 2 Nurses, Working In The ICU Is 'A Gift Of A Job'

By Aisha Turner
Kristin Sollars (left) and Marci Ebberts say nursing is more than just a job. "Sometimes I wonder why everyone in the world doesn

For years, Kristin Sollars and Marci Ebberts worked together caring for critically ill patients, a job they say is also a daily mindset. "You carry a little bit of them with you," Ebberts said.

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  • August 30th 2019 at 11:08

Bill Of The Month: Estimate For Cost Of Hernia Surgery Misses The Mark

By Rachel Bluth
Before scheduling his hernia surgery, Wolfgang Balzer called the hospital, the surgeon and the anesthesiologist to get estimates for how much the procedure would cost. But when his bill came, the estimates he had obtained were wildly off.

Patients are often told to be smart consumers and shop around for health care before they use it. But even when you do so, estimates from insurers, hospitals and doctors can be unreliable.

(Image credit: John Woike for Kaiser Health News)

  • August 29th 2019 at 18:07
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