“If I could go back 30 years, I wouldn’t become a doctor,” says Dr. Andrew Bush, whose practice, Central Carolina Orthopaedic Associates, operates in Sanford, North Carolina. “Looking back at life, this was the wrong choice.”/Eamon Queeney for KHN
Half of the nearly 65 million people with Medicare are enrolled in the private health plans called Medicare Advantage.
Oct 6, 2022
PENNY WINGARD OF CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA, HAS SURVIVED BREAST CANCER, A BRAIN ANEURYSM, AND SURGERY ON BOTH EYES. FOR THE PAST EIGHT YEARS, SHE'S BEEN BATTLING TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN MEDICAL DEBT./ANERI PATTANI/KHN
Earlier this year credit reporting companies touted changes to erase medical debt, but experts say the effects will be limited.
Oct 6, 2022
JEFF WHITE HAS BEEN ASSISTED SEVERAL TIMES IN RECENT YEARS BY CRISIS RESPONSE TEAMS THAT SERVE SOME RURAL COUNTIES IN IOWA. WHITE, WHO HAS DEPRESSION AND SCHIZOPHRENIA, CAN NOW CALL A STATE-RUN HOTLINE AND REQUEST A VISIT FROM MENTAL HEALTH WORKERS, RATHER THAN BEING ADMITTED TO A PSYCHIATRIC UNIT OR JAILED BY POLICE./KC MCGINNIS FOR KHN
Many hospitals have grown wealthy while patients are squeezed by skyrocketing medical prices and rising deductibles.
Sep 29, 2022
DAVID CONFER’S DIGITIZED MEDICAL RECORDS SIT IN STACKS IN PRINTED FORM. PATIENTS HAVE HAD THE RIGHT TO REQUEST THEIR RECORDS SINCE THE 1990S, BUT THE ADVENT OF ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS MADE THAT PROCESS EASIER AND LESS COSTLY FOR THEM./LYNNE SHALLCROSS/KHN
Researchers are increasingly finding that doctors can transmit prejudice under the guise of objective descriptions, which can lead to substandard care.
Sep 26, 2022
HOSPICE NURSE RAUL DIAZ CHECKS AARON MARTINEZ’S VITAL SIGNS. DESPITE HIS MOM’S SEEMINGLY HEALTHY PREGNANCY, AARON WAS BORN WITH MOST OF HIS BRAIN CELLS DEAD, THE RESULT OF TWO STROKES AND A MASSIVE BLEED THAT OCCURRED IN UTERO./HEIDI DE MARCO/KHN