Dorothea Handron suffered an infection after a surgeon unknowingly pierced her bowel during a hernia operation. She became so ill that doctors placed her in a medically induced coma for six weeks. Jim R. Bounds/AP Images for Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Hospitals To Pay Big Fines For Infections, Avoidable Injuries
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Ambulances fill a parking lot at the DaVita Dialysis Center in Paterson, N.J., on May 31. Andrew Renneisen/Courtesy of ProPublica hide caption

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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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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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