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When Caitlin Wells Salerno and Jon Salerno's first son, Hank, was born, his delivery cost the family only $30. Gus' bill came in at more than $16,000, all told — including the $2,755 ER charge. The family was responsible for about $3,600 of the total. Rae Ellen Bichell/KHN hide caption

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A hospital hiked the price of a routine childbirth by calling it an 'emergency'

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A Hospital Charged More Than $700 For Each Push Of Medicine Through Her IV

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The Joy Of Receiving A COVID-19 Vaccine In A Nursing Home

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Colorado City Eyes Solution To Local News Desert: Libraries

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Researchers Examine Altitude's Role In Depression And Suicide

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Beer archaeologist Travis Rupp inspects his latest "Ale of Antiquity," George Washington Porter, surrounded by the oak barrels it fermented in at Avery Brewing Co. in Boulder, Colo. Dustin Hall/The Brewtography Project hide caption

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Incident Meteorologist Works To Keep Fire Crews Safe

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Scientists Start To Tease Out The Subtler Ways Racism Hurts Health

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Rat traps are a weapon behind used to fight the plague in Madagascar, since the rodents carry the disease. But getting rid of all the rats would be difficult — and without rats, plague-infected fleas could then turn to humans for a blood meal. RIJASOLO/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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