Alison Kodjak Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak is a health policy correspondent on NPR's Science Desk.
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Cancer And Arthritis Drugs Drive Up Spending On Medicines

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Erbitux is used to treat cancers that start in the head and neck and tumors there that spread from other parts of the body. Because its effectiveness varies, should the price also? Dr. P. Marazzi/Science Source hide caption

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Barbara Radley, of Oshkosh, Wis., has diabetes, liver failure and scleroderma. Even filing for bankruptcy early last year didn't stop her financial woes, she says. The medical bills keep piling up. Jason Houge for NPR hide caption

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Medical Bills Still Take A Big Toll, Even With Insurance

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Donald Trump Releases Details Of Health Care Plan

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Many Dislike Health Care System But Are Pleased With Their Own Care

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a Las Vegas high school last Friday. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Hillary Clinton Hitches Her Health Care Wagon To Obamacare

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, a 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, has proposed a health care policy he calls "Medicare for All." But some left-leaning economists say the plan doesn't pencil out. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Sanders' Health Plan Renews Debate On Universal Coverage

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Nancy Retzlaff, chief commercial officer for Turing Pharmaceuticals, was asked how much the drug Daraprim costs at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Capitol Hill on Thursday. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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House Hearing Probes The Mystery Of High Drug Prices That 'Nobody Pays'

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Martin Shkreli was CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals when the company boosted the price of a drug by 5,000 percent. He has since resigned. Paul Taggart/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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The price of getting a health insurance card may seem expensive, but officials say the minimum tax penalty for remaining uninsured is $695, and could rise to more than $10,000 for wealthy families who choose not to get coverage. Photo Alto/Getty Images hide caption

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