Hospitals often reap profits in places where many patients carry medical debt : Shots

Aerial view of downtown Fort Worth, Texas. Some hospitals in Texas and around the U.S. are seeing high profits, even as their bills force patients into debt. Of the nation’s 20 most populous counties, none has a higher concentration of medical debt than Tarrant County, home to Fort Worth.

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Aerial view of downtown Fort Worth, Texas. Some hospitals in Texas and around the U.S. are seeing high profits, even as their bills force patients into debt. Of the nation’s 20 most populous counties, none has a higher concentration of medical debt than

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When routine medical tests trigger a cascade of unnecessary care : Shots

Some medical tests, such as MRIs done early for uncomplicated low back pain and routine vitamin D tests “just to be thorough,” are considered “low-value care” and can lead to further testing that can cost patients thousands of dollars.

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Some medical tests, such as MRIs done early for uncomplicated low back pain and routine vitamin D tests “just to be thorough,” are considered “low-value care” and can lead to further testing that can cost patients thousands of dollars.

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Dr. Meredith Niess saw her patient

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