The following articles are from the KHN Original Stories series from Kaiser Health News (KHN). Additional stories can be found at the KHN official site.
Costly Heart Procedures Thrive In Some Places, Michigan Study Finds
Why do some doctors keep doing expensive medical procedures after it becomes apparent there are cheaper and equally safe ways to treat patients? A new study takes a crack at this question and it has some interesting findings.
Dr. Otis Brawley: 'The System Really Is Not Failing ... Failure Is The System'
The chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society has a powerful message for the country: We're all responsible for overuse of the health care system.
Advocates Worry States Are Moving Too Fast On Dual Eligibles
Some states plan to test new ways to care for people who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid early next year.
$18 For A Baby Aspirin? Hospitals Hike Costs For Everyday Drugs For Some Patients
People who are not admitted to the hospital - but are there under observational care - can sometimes face startling drug expenses.
Some Insurers Deny ER Coverage To People Who Have Been Drinking
Laws in about half the states allow plans to restrict payments for medical services related to alcohol or drug use.
Conflicts Arise As Health Insurers Diversify
When a health insurer buys a business that helps hospitals win billing battles with insurers, alarm bells should sound, experts say.
Sued Over An $1,800 Hospital Bill
Charity care at nonprofit hospitals is scrutinized by state and federal officials, as hospitals go to great lengths to collect unpaid debts from patients.
Quick Facts About High-Deductible Health Plans
Covering more than 11.4 million people, high-deductible health care plans are no longer a novelty - they are becoming mainstream. Here's a brief guide to this popular type of health insurance.