A $5,571 bill to sit in a waiting room, $238 eyedrops, and a $60 ibuprofen tell the story of how emergency room visits are squeezing patients

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“I sort of feel like we’ve been left in the dark,” says one patient’s wife, who learned from a reporter — and not the Houston hospital — about the program’s temporary suspension. An expert says it will likely take much longer than 14 days to fix

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Vox’s emergency room database shows that patients can face steep bills even when they decline treatment

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Philip Rosoff writes: “When someone is sick or needs the help of a physician, who should decide what is appropriate – what blood tests and imaging studies to order, what medicines to prescribe, what surgeries to perform? Should it be the doctor, the patient or some combination of the two?”

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Seven-year-old Quinn Gerlach got a gift certificate from his grandpa a few years back — not for a toy, a book or a game. It was for a kidney

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“If I put myself on the list [for a kidney transplant] and just wait, that’s not proactive,” Okun said. “You get on the list and then do nothing, you might get a kidney and you might not get a kidney. And it’s [a wait of] anywhere from five to nine years.”

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The widely accepted principle that mums-to-be are a ‘vulnerable’ group unfairly excludes them from taking part in clinical studies, and perpetuates the knowledge void around the impact of drugs taken during pregnancy, conclude researchers in the Journal of Medical Ethics. In a linked Commentary, Drs Carleigh Krubiner and Ruth Faden, of the Berman Institute, argue that the designation of pregnant women as ‘vulnerable’ “is inappropriate and disrespectful.”

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Sites such as GoFundMe and YouCaring are poised for a wave of medical appeals if Trumpcare leaves millions uninsured, and even if it doesn’t

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