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Can Consumers Be Smart Health-Care Shoppers?

Can Consumers Be Smart Health-Care Shoppers?

Proponents of consumerism in health care say simple steps can save patients a lot of money. Skeptics say the system is too complex for shopping to pay off in most cases. Patients are told they need to take greater control over their care. But are laypeople capable of sifting through all their choices to make the right decisions—particularly when it comes to costs?

How U.S. Health Care Became Big Business

How U.S. Health Care Became Big Business

Health care is a trillion-dollar industry in America, but are we getting what we pay for? Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal, a medical journalist who formerly worked as a medical doctor, warns that the existing system too often focuses on financial incentives over health or science.

How Flawed Science Is Undermining Good Medicine

How Flawed Science Is Undermining Good Medicine

A surprising medical finding caught the eye of NPR’s veteran science correspondent Richard Harris in 2014. A scientist from the drug company Amgen had reviewed the results of 53 studies that were originally thought to be highly promising — findings likely to lead to important new drugs. But when the Amgen scientist tried to replicate those promising results, in most cases he couldn’t.