When it comes to out-of-pocket costs for health care, 42 percent of Hispanics say they're a "very serious" problem, according to a recent NPR poll. The finding runs counter to the widespread impression that African-Americans are worst-off when it comes to the cost and quality of health care.
Ritu Sharma, the president of the nonprofit Women Thrive Worldwide, spends time each year living and working with underprivileged women in order to better understand their lives. She hopes to help lift women and children out of poverty by influencing U.S policy.
NPR's "Sick in America" survey found that many Americans are unhappy with the healthcare system. Among those who had a recent serious healthcare experience, nearly half said a lack of cultural understanding was a factor in their treatment. Host Michel Martin takes a closer look at the data for Hispanics with NPR's Richard Knox.
Arlington County health officials are preparing to build a number of new group homes for people with intellectual disabilities after a ruling from the Department of Justice is forcing several larger institutions to close.
A study found psychiatric patients waited an average of 11.5 hours in hospital emergency rooms before being treated or released. That's in part because many hospitals have decided it's not economically viable to keep psychiatric wards open.
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