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Does Race Affect Your Hospital Stay?

NPR's "Sick in America" survey found that a lot of Americans are unhappy with the healthcare system. Among those who had a recent serious healthcare experience, nearly half said that a lack of cultural understanding played a big role in the problems with U.S. healthcare quality. Host Michel Martin talks with NPR's Richard Knox and Dr. Kavita Patel of the Brookings Institution.
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Need A Nurse? You May Have To Wait

A new poll finds 34 percent of patients hospitalized for at least one night in the past year said "nurses weren't available when needed or didn't respond quickly to requests for help." We asked nurses why that might be. Stories poured in about being overworked, comparing the job to "spinning plates."
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Dispatchers' CPR Coaching Saves Lives When Every Minute Counts

Your chances of surviving a sudden heart attack may depend on where you live, in part because of the 911 dispatcher. If a dispatcher gives CPR instructions over the phone, the rate of survival goes up. There's now a push to make it universal, but some cities are slow to implement the necessary training.
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Health Law's Downfall Could Put GOP In Odd Spot

Republicans have rallied for repeal of the Affordable Care Act since the very day it passed. But now the GOP has a problem: Some provisions in the law are very popular with voters. If the Supreme Court strikes the law down, choosing whether to try to revive those parts could be difficult.
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What's Up, Doc? When Your Doctor Rushes Like The Road Runner

When it comes to time, there is a stubborn feeling among patients that doctors are in too big of a hurry. That is troubling — and frustrating — to physicians who feel that they are already packing more into every workday and are stretched thin by paperwork.

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