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  Massachusetts mandate

Need to Know medical correspondent Emily Senay, M.D. traveled to Massachusetts to see how health reform is working there. She talked to doctors, insurers, politicians, small business owners, and the people most affected by the state legislation – patients in search of affordable care


  Coping with chronic pain

Due to the location of the device, doctors have been unable to remove the mesh in its entirety, so pieces of it remain inside Linda — causing her intense, lasting pain.


  Interview: Dr. Josh Rising

Dr. Josh Rising is Project Director of the Medical Device Initiative at the Pew Charitable Trusts. One of its goals is to improve the tracking of the safety of medical devices on the market.


  Medical devices: Video, statements and documents

Dr. Emily Senay examines whether the Food and Drug Administration’s medical device review process is adequately protecting the public.


  Need the Know: March 15, 2013: The family planning fight continues

In the two weeks since the sequester began and the effects are already being felt. One of the federal programs being cut is funding of family planning clinics — those serving primarily low-income and uninsured individuals. With $15 million in cuts slated to happen over the next year, things such as cancer screenings, testing for [...]


  Need to Know, March 8, 2013: The long-term care challenge

On this week’s Need to Know, Karla Murthy reports from California about one family dealing with the emotional and financial stresses of caring for a chronically ill parent.


Inequities in life and death

Racial disparities and inequities in American healthcare are evident in daily life, but regrettably they are also prominent in death. In these final days of Black History Month, it is imperative to reflect on the final days of all African-Americans and the choices they have within our health care system. These are the choices they aren’t taking, [...]


Medicare: Past, present and future

Medicare and what to do about it is one of the most bedevilling issues facing the nation. Both political parties and interest groups from the AARP to the AMA are trying to find a way to shore up the increasingly expensive program. There’s no denying that Medicare is a popular program.


  Need to Know: January 25, 2013: Do no harm and Danish medical courts

Can the U.S. change its costly court-based way of dealing with medical mistakes?

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