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Closure Of Chicago Mental Health Clinics Looms

By the end of the month, Chicago plans to shut down six of its 12 public mental health clinics. It's a decision that's brought clinic barricades, arrests and a 24-7 vigil by protesters who hope to keep the clinics open. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the consolidation plan will actually mean more care for the mentally ill.
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Nonprofit Hospitals Faulted For Stinginess With Charity Care

Nonprofit hospitals pay no federal, state, or local taxes. In return, they are expected to offer a community benefit, including free and discounted care for low-income patients. But a study by the Congressional Budget Office found that, on average, not-for-profits are providing only slightly more uncompensated care than for-profit hospitals.
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Montgomery County Combating Increased Drug Use

As part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, residents with unused prescription drugs are being urged to turn them in to the police.
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Choose Health Coverage Like An Economist

If you're wondering how to deal with a health problem, ask your doctor what she'd do for her mom. And if you're puzzling over which insurance plan to pick, take a look at how some health economists size them up.
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How Buffett's Cancer Is Shaping National Dialogue

Eighty-one-year-old billionaire investor Warren Buffett reportedly received an early stage prostate cancer diagnosis after a blood test for prostate-specific antigen, or P.S.A. Medical journalist Laura Newman discusses why Buffett's decision to screen and treat his cancer sets a bad precedent.

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