Medical schools are teaching future doctors how to talk costs with patients

Health care observers today have a lot to gripe about. So I’m happy today to point out a relatively new and encouraging trend: Medical schools are now requiring students to take a course on health care costs. As health plan deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses continue their upward trajectory, many patients…

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Measuring quality in health care involves both doctors and patients

Your husband’s left knee has been aching for years, and his primary care doctor just referred him to an orthopedist. The orthopedist confirms your suspicions—it’s time for a knee replacement—but then adds, “He’s going to have to lose about 50 pounds before I can perform this surgery.” The doctor is recognized…

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