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May 31, 2012 When it comes to out-of-pocket costs for health care, 42 percent of Hispanics say they're a "very serious" problem, according to a recent NPR poll. The finding runs counter to the widespread impression that African-Americans are worst-off when it comes to the cost and quality of health care.
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Some fear that with rising medical costs and an aging population, the country's nursing staff will be stretched too thin.
May 25, 2012 A new poll finds 34 percent of patients hospitalized for at least one night in the past year said "nurses weren't available when needed or didn't respond quickly to requests for help." We asked nurses why that might be. Stories poured in about being overworked, comparing the job to "spinning plates."
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Patients continue to complain that physicians don't spend enough time examining and talking with them.
May 24, 2012 When it comes to time, there is a stubborn feeling among patients that doctors are in too big of a hurry. That is troubling — and frustrating — to physicians who feel that they are already packing more into every workday and are stretched thin by paperwork.
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Amber Cooper lives in Modesto, Calif., with her 5-year-old son, Jaden, and her husband, Kevin. She had a liver transplant when she was 10 years old and has to take anti-rejection medication.
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May 23, 2012 Health insurance has been changing dramatically. Even people with insurance are paying thousands of dollars out of pocket before their insurance kicks in. And when that happens, insurance picks up less than it used to — often a lot less.
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Douglas Harlow Brown, 80, of East Lansing, Mich., watches birds inside a medical rehab facility.
Brittney Lohmiller for NPR
May 21, 2012 Our call-out on Facebook for people to share their experiences of the health care system yielded wrenching tales of bankruptcies, medical errors, and delayed or foregone treatment.
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May 21, 2012 Three out of four people who've been sick in the past year said cost is a very serious problem, and half said quality is a very serious problem. Those are among the striking findings from the latest survey on health from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.
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