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Every ER has patients like "Sam." The staff call them "frequent fliers" because they patch them up and discharge them, only to watch them return an hour or a day or a week later with another problem.  How much should the health care system spend to help someone who won't help himself? 

 

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Tulare County, a poor, semi-rural county in California's Central Valley, has a one-third of its population on Medi-Cal — California's version of Medicaid. This is more than any other county in the state, yet the resources to care for the Medi-Cal population are few.

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This story is Part 6 of a 15-part series that examines health care needs in Gary, Indiana.

In the next three years Methodist Hospitals Northlake in Gary faces perhaps the greatest challenge of its 101-year history.

Health care reform is expected to reduce the rolls of uninsured Gary patients and expand health care access to thousands. But by 2014 the city’s only acute care hospital must figure out how to replace millions of dollars in government funding scheduled to disappear.

 

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West Virginia's two Republican U.S. representatives voted with GOP colleagues Wednesday to overturn federal health care reform.

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Which consumer health website was dubbed a "hypochondria time suck?" Answers and more in our Daily Briefing.

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California scored in the lowest quartile among all states in its health care system's provision of services for children in a new Commonwealth Fund report, and the reasons behind it have very much to do with budget priorities. But there are also the complex issues of immigration and access to care that are not so easily resolved.

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A Commonwealth Fund survey compares the states on childrens' health care access and treatment, and California ranks in the bottom quartile.

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Homicide humbled, orange juice investigated and 2012 health policy predicted, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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Last week, I posted the first part of my conversation with Dr. Neel Shah, founder and director of Costs of Care, a nonprofit that urges doctors to consider how their treatment decisions affect patients’ pocketbooks and develops tools to help them do so. Shah shares his thoughts on current news coverage of health care costs and offers some story ideas.

 

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U.S. children and teens have struggled with increasing rates of depression, anxiety and suicidal behavior for much of the past decade. Join us as we explore the systemic causes and policy failures that have accelerated the crisis and its inequitable impact, as well as promising community-driven approaches and evidence-based practices. The webinar will provide fresh ideas for reporting on the mental health of youth and investigating the systems and services. Sign-up here!

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