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Another Cause Of Doctor Burnout: Being Forced To Give Immigrants Unequal Care
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Another Cause Of Doctor Burnout: Being Forced To Give Immigrants Unequal Care

One patient’s death changed the course of Dr. Lilia Cervantes’ career. The patient, Cervantes said, was a woman from Mexico with kidney failure who repeatedly visited the emergency room for more than three years. In that time, her heart had stopped more than once, and her ribs were fractured from CPR. The woman finally decided…

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Haiti Vasectomy Campaign Draws Over 300 Percent Anticipated Turnout
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Haiti Vasectomy Campaign Draws Over 300 Percent Anticipated Turnout

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on the United Nations Population Fund. PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – “At 55, I already have four children. I realized that I do not have enough resources to take care of more mouths in my family,” explained Lamour Denis, at a reproductive health clinic in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. “So,” he added, resolutely,…

Black Men’s Blood Pressure Is Cut Along With Their Hair
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Black Men’s Blood Pressure Is Cut Along With Their Hair

Stress related to racial discrimination, mistrust of the medical system and less frequent use of health care services and medications, are some of the reasons why African Americans are more likely to have high blood pressure, according to the CDC. Undetected hypertension can lead to heart and kidney damage as well as strokes and heart attacks.

Patients Overpay For Prescriptions 23% Of The Time, Analysis Shows
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Patients Overpay For Prescriptions 23% Of The Time, Analysis Shows

The USC study, released on March 13, analyzed the prices that 1.6 million people paid for 9.5 million prescriptions in the first half of 2013, based on data from Optum Clinformatics, an organization that sells anonymized claims data for analysis, and National Average Retail Price (NARP) data, which contained drug prices paid by insurers and was based on a national survey of pharmacists.

It showed that the overpayments totaled $135 million during that six-month period.

As Trump Targets Immigrants, Elderly Brace To Lose Caregivers
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As Trump Targets Immigrants, Elderly Brace To Lose Caregivers

Nirva is one of about 59,000 Haitians living in the U.S. under Temporary Protected Status (TPS), a humanitarian program that gave them permission to work and live here after the January 2010 earthquake devastated their country. Many work in health care, often in grueling, low-wage jobs as nursing assistants or home health aides.

Now these workers’ days are numbered: The Trump administration decided to end TPS for Haitians, giving them until July 22, 2019, to leave the country or face deportation.

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