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Doctors don’t always know what patients will owe for meds

AP News: Unexpected costs contribute to the estimated 20 to 30 percent of prescriptions that are never filled, which can lead to health problems from untreated medical conditions.

Additional news media reports on MLH physicians and the health care industry, excerpted from MLH’s daily Morning News Report:

Regional Health News…
Penn Medicine, Arkansas hospital partnering to expedite heart surgery research

Philly Voice: Penn Medicine is partnering with an Arkansas hospital to expedite heart surgery research in an area with a particularly high mortality rate for heart disease.

Quality and Safety News…

Type 2 diabetes, obesity: Weight loss surgery may lower death risk

Medical News Today: New research presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress, which takes place, this year, in Paris, France, suggests that bariatric, or weight loss, surgery can reduce the risk of premature mortality and cardiovascular problems more than standard medical care.

CDC: US on verge of losing measles elimination status

The Hill: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week sounded the alarm that recent measles outbreaks have put the 2000 declaration of the disease having been eliminated at risk, according to a CNN report.

Patient Care News…
Cancer overtakes heart disease as biggest rich-world killer

Reuters: Cancer has overtaken heart disease as the leading cause of death in wealthy countries and could become the world’s biggest killer within just a few decades if current trends persist, researchers said on Tuesday.

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