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Sarah Witter fractured two bones in her lower left leg while skiing in Vermont last February. She had two operations to repair the damage. The second surgery was needed to replace a metal plate that broke after it was implanted. Matt Baldelli for KHN hide caption

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Bill Of The Month: $43,208 For Repeat Surgery To Replace Broken Medical Device

If implanted medical devices fail, patients and their insurers usually have to pay for repairs. That financial responsibility falls to them even when the problems were solely with the devices.

Sarah Witter fractured two bones in her lower left leg while skiing in Vermont last February. She had two operations to repair the damage. The second surgery was needed to replace a metal plate that broke after it was implanted. Matt Baldelli for KHN hide caption

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Bill Of The Month: $43,208 For Repeat Surgery To Replace Broken Medical Device

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Nuns and supporters demand the arrest of Bishop Franco Mulakkal, outside the High Court in Kochi in the southern Indian state of Kerala in September. -/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A Nun In India Accuses A Bishop Of Rape, And Divides The Country's Christians

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A Trans Man Steps Into The Ring – And Wins His Debut As A Professional Boxer

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Oyster harvests in the Gulf of Mexico have been in decline for decades. Tyler Jones/UF/IFAS Photo by Tyler Jones hide caption

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Gulf Oyster Reefs Are Hurting. Now There's Help From Oil Spill Aid Money

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Ret. Sgt. Chris Kurtz and his wife Heather Kurtz pose for a portrait on the couch in their living room. Erica Brechtelsbauer for NPR hide caption

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VA Still Arbitrarily Cutting Caregivers From Program, Even As It Aims To Expand

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