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Health Care Costs Grew More Slowly Than The Economy In 2012
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Pill bottles in a locked room deep inside the building that houses the Los Angeles County Health Authority Law Enforcement Task Force. Tracy Weber/ProPublica hide caption

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Dr. Ernest Bagner III stands outside his former office tucked in the back corner of a strip mall in Hollywood, Calif., where he says he was the victim of Medicare fraud. Jonathan Alcorn/ProPublica hide caption

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How Fraud Flourishes Unchecked In Medicare's Drug Plan
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It's health results — not the number of treatments — that should count, leaders say. iStockphoto hide caption

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Congress Poised To Permanently Fix Its Medicare Payment Glitch
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Before you have get a new hip, you might want to check the government's list of best and worst hospitals for the operation. iStockphoto hide caption

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Medicare Penalizes Nearly 1,500 Hospitals For Poor Quality Scores
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President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio talk with reporters at the White House after a meeting about the federal budget deficit and economy in Nov. 2012. Some Republicans have proposed raising the Medicare eligibility age to 67. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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States' Refusal To Expand Medicaid May Leave Millions Uninsured
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After A Decade, Congress Moves To Fix Doctors' Medicare Pay
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The next bed could cost you a lot if the hospital says you're there on observation. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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For Hospital Patients, Observation Status Can Prove Costly
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