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When The Doctor Works For The Insurance Company

Big insurance companies are opening their own doctors' offices and clinics — a strategy that has previously met with mixed results.

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A Huge Pay Cut For Doctors Is Hiding In The Fiscal Cliff

On Jan. 1, Medicare is set to cut payments to doctors by nearly 30 percent. Lawmakers of both parties want to prevent this. So why is it imminent?

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Episode 391: The Anti-Addiction Pill That's Big Business For Drug Dealers

It's totally legal. So why do lots of addicts have to buy it on the street?

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