Doctors who bill the federal government for a lot of services may be gaming the system, but there also may be a reasonable explanation. Aslan Alphan/Getty Images hide caption

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High Charges By Doctors May Or May Not Be Red Flags For Fraud

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Walter Bianco's liver is severely damaged by hepatitis C, but insurers had refused to pay for the medications that could cure him. Alexandra Olgin for NPR hide caption

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Medicare Backs Down On Denying Treatment For Hepatitis Patient

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New data show how much individual physicians received in 2012 from Medicare. Medicare.gov hide caption

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Medicare Pulls Back The Curtain On How Much It Pays Doctors

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Data released Wednesday about Medicare payments to doctors in 2012 have raised questions, but some experts warn against drawing "sweeping conclusions" from the numbers. iStockphoto hide caption

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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio leaves the House chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, after House Republicans passed a measure Friday that would overhaul the system Medicare uses to pay doctors. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Health Care Costs Grew More Slowly Than The Economy In 2012

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