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How Rising Health Care Costs Undermine Public Trust In Medicine


Johns Hopkins surgeon Marty Makary says American health care is broken. He heaped his latest book with tales of doctors talking patients into surgeries they don’t need and hospitals suing patients into bankruptcy over bills that were bloated to begin with.

Makary says people without good insurance often are hit with huge bills they can’t pay. But patients are starting to get better deals, he contends, because new designs for delivering care - and new ways of tracking data that make fees more clear - expand competition. Original air date: September 11, 2019.

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