health care

  • 2:04pm Apr 29, 2013
    Health & Safety Health & Safety

    Looking Ahead: The Future Of Health Care Policy

    The country is about to undergo the largest transition of national health policy ever. In the first in a series of look-ahead conversations, NPR's health policy correspondent Julie Rovner discusses the changes already in effect and the complications and controversy to come.
  • 12:15pm Apr 26, 2013
    Health & Safety Health & Safety

    Philadelphia Case Exposes Deep Rift In Abortion Debate

    Abortion opponents say the case of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who is charged with five counts of murder, shows the need for more and stricter regulation of abortion clinics. But abortion rights backers say more restrictions give women few choices besides substandard facilities.
  • Confusion over the details of the new health care law is leaving many people vulnerable to con artists. Evelyne Lois Such, 86, was recently the target of an attempted scam.
    Matt Nager for NPR
    10:18am Apr 22, 2013
    National National Health & Safety

    Scammers Find Fertile Ground In Health Law

    Law enforcement agencies are reporting an increase in health insurance scams across the country. Many of the scammers seem to be preying on the public's confusion over the massive changes taking place in the nation's health care system.
  • In a new book, Charles Graeber tells the story of Charlie Cullen, a registered nurse who was was dubbed "The Angel of Death" by the media after he was implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients.
    Twelve Books
    3:55pm Apr 15, 2013
    Books Books Arts Health & Safety

    Pretending To Be A 'Good Nurse,' Serial Killer Targeted Patients

    In 2003, a hospital nurse named Charlie Cullen was arrested under suspicion of injecting patients with lethal doses of a variety of medications. He is now considered one of the nation's most prolific serial killers. Journalist Charles Graeber explains how the hospital system failed to stop Cullen.
  • A technique for imaging the brain allowed researchers to distinguish between physical and emotional pain.
    Courtesy of Tom Wager
    3:16pm Apr 11, 2013
    Science Science Health & Safety

    How Much Does It Hurt? Let's Scan Your Brain

    Researchers say they can measure how much pain someone is experiencing and even watch as prescription painkillers relieve it. The scanning technique could help doctors treat pain better, but the work is also fraught with questions about how the technology could interfere with the relationship between doctors and patients.
  • 9:14am Apr 09, 2013
    National National Politics & Government Health & Safety

    The 'Hard To Change' Legacy Of Medicare Payments

    One possible proposal in President Obama's budget would change the way Medicare patients pay for their care. It's been floated as a possible bipartisan compromise, but it's an idea with a long, controversial and unsuccessful history.
  • Dr. Madhumathi Gunasekaran examines John Pike at the Northgate II clinic in Camden, N.J.
    Emma Lee
    8:19am Apr 03, 2013
    National National Health & Safety

    In South Jersey, New Options For Primary Care Are Slow To Take Hold

    Residents of an apartment building in Camden, N.J., racked up more than $1 million a year in hospital admissions and trips to the ER over about a decade. In response, a community group opened a doctor's office on the ground floor. But at first, residents weren't as eager to go as doctors had hoped.
  • 8:19am Apr 03, 2013
    Politics & Government Politics & Government Health & Safety

    White House Delays Part Of Health Care Law

    The Obama administration has decided to delay for a year a key piece of the health law that will let small businesses provide a choice of health plans to their workers. It is the first admission that the task of rolling out the law is too complicated to accomplish in the time allowed.
  • 6:25pm Mar 30, 2013
    National National Health & Safety

    Three Years On, States Still Struggle With Health Care Law Messaging

    After all the acrimony and debate, many Americans still don't know whether their states are going to expand Medicaid or set up health care exchanges. A lot of the confusion over the Affordable Care Act comes, in part, from a commanding "misinformation and disinformation" campaign.
  • 6:38pm Mar 28, 2013
    National National Health & Safety

    Pennsylvania Tightens Abortion Rules Following Clinic Deaths

    A Philadelphia doctor who performed abortions is accused of murder in the deaths of a patient and seven babies who the prosecutor says were born alive. Abortion opponents cited the case as a reason to push for stricter regulations on clinics.