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Why Bill Gates Thinks Ending Polio Is Worth It

The Microsoft founder and philanthropist is putting his money and time where his passion is: eradicating polio. Gates talks with NPR's Robert Siegel about why it makes sense to spend an estimated $5.5 billion to wipe out the disease once and for all.

Hospital Costs Go Public: What Changes In Health Care?

The federal government launched a database Wednesday that shows how much hospitals charge for the 100 most common procedures. The data reveals extreme variances in hospital billing. One hospital in Dallas, Texas charges $38,000 for treating pneumonia, while another charges over $14,000.

Medicare Pulls Back Curtain On Hospital Bills

In a first, Medicare has revealed how much individual hospitals bill and how much they are paid for common treatments. The charges vary widely. And while Medicare and private insurers generally pay far less than what hospitals request, the uninsured may pay something closer to these sticker prices.
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Unveiling Wide Gaps In Medical Care Costs

Newly unveiled government data shows shocking discrepancies in the cost of medical services. Kojo finds out what's behind these fee differences and how the release of this data may impact the cost of care for consumers.

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Barton Seaver: Kitchen Table Environmentalism & Public Health

You may not be thinking lofty topics like public health and environmentalism when you grill fish in your backyard, but Barton Seaver says the path to understanding such complex topics in human terms goes right through our stomachs ...


Rat 'Mutton' And Bird Flu: Strange Days For Meat Eaters In Shanghai

A month after dead pigs washed ashore in a Shanghai river, the city got an even more serious meat problem: A new bird flu appeared at poultry markets. But even a recent rat meat scandal hasn't kept Shanghai's omnivores from enjoying KFC and Kung Pao Chicken.

Officials Prepare For Another Flu Pandemic — Just In Case

Those people who have contracted the H7N9 virus have become very sick. And unlike the older bird flu virus, this one shows some adaptation to mammals, making it a matter of concern. But it doesn't make chickens sick, posing unique difficulties in fighting this kind of flu.