The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has spent about $117 million on Medicare Advantage audits that have recouped just $14 million related to overcharging. Jay Mallin/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Professional 'Guinea Pigs' Can Make A Living Testing Drugs
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Stephane Schubhan, one of six men hospitalized after the clinical trial, still suffers from neurological damage. Jean-Francois Monier/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Employees at all Lowe's home improvement stores, including this one in South San Francisco, Calif., are eligible to have certain surgeries paid for by the company at selected hospitals. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Some Firms Save Money By Offering Employees Free Surgery
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UnitedHealth Group, based in Minnetonka, Minn., says it expects to lose $650 million on health exchange plans this year. Many people who bought the plans are in relatively poor health, the company says. Mike Bradley/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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If UnitedHealth Group. based in Minnetonka, Minn., pulls back from the Obamacare exchanges, premiums nationwide would go up around 1 percent, a Kaiser Family Foundation reports finds. Mike Bradley/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Industrial Science Hunts For Nursing Home Fraud In New Mexico Case
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Paul Hornback was a senior engineer and analyst for the U.S. Army when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease six years ago at age 55. His wife, Sarah, had to retire 18 months ago to care for him full time. Courtesy of the Hornbeck family hide caption

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In 2010, scientists plopped the genetic material of one Mycoplasma bacterium into another type to create the self-replicating cells shown above. Six years later, they've come out with an even simpler synthetic organism that has fewer genes. Thomas Deerinck, NCMIR/Science Source hide caption

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"We are now shifting our attention to changing the underlying delivery system to make it more cost effective and higher quality," says Peter Lee, executive director for Covered California, the state's health insurance marketplace. Anne Cusack/LA Times via Getty Images hide caption

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Medical Debt Rains Pain On Families, Even In the Sunshine State
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Drug-Company Payments Mirror Doctors' Brand-Name Prescribing
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Cancer And Arthritis Drugs Drive Up Spending On Medicines
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Erbitux is used to treat cancers that start in the head and neck and tumors there that spread from other parts of the body. Because its effectiveness varies, should the price also? Dr. P. Marazzi/Science Source hide caption

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