Martha Bebinger appears in the following:
Friday, July 10, 2015
A Harvard Medical School study found that online symptom checkers, such as WebMD and the Mayo Clinic, are only accurate about half the time.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Martha and Alvaro Galvis were wounded in 2013's bombing of the Boston Marathon. One of the hardest things to deal with, they say, is the feeling that something random and scary could happen again.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Nationwide veteran benefits data show a huge variation in coverage from state to state, and even within states. In Massachusetts, access to VA services changes dramatically from Boston to Cape Cod.
Wednesday, November 05, 2014
A state law now requires insurers to reveal prices of their medical tests, and the variation is amazing, bargain hunters say. An MRI of the back is $614 at one place, $1,800 at another.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
A Cape Cod treatment center says it is breaking addiction's hold — and saving money — by offering newly released patients daily, or even hourly, coaching by paid consultants.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
The state is close to having most of its eligible residents covered. But a failed website has delayed the processing of applications, and some of those waiting may yet decide not to buy health plans.
Monday, May 05, 2014
The state's death rate declined in the four years after Massachusetts passed a law requiring health insurance. The state's minority residents posted the biggest gains in life expectancy.
Monday, May 05, 2014
A data scientist pitted rappers against Shakespeare to see who had the more extensive vocabulary. But he says he isn't trying to make some sweeping statement about the lyrical prowess of hip-hop.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
At last year's Boston Marathon, Carol Downing was just half a mile from the finish line when bombs exploded and injured two of her daughters. This year, she's returning to complete the race.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
How much is that colonoscopy? Finding out can range from hard to impossible. Massachusetts now requires that health care providers give patients prices within two days. But that doesn't always happen.
Friday, November 08, 2013
Finding out how much an X-ray costs sounds like a simple question. But before Oct. 1, it was downright impossible to get an answer. Now, Massachusetts is pulling back the curtain on what has been a largely secret world of health care prices.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Dr. Donald Berwick ran Medicare and Medicaid right after the Affordable Care Act became law. Now he's running for governor of Massachusetts. But he hasn't left behind his work as a health quality oracle.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Some nursing home patients can go home again if they get the right, customized support. But making it happen takes time, even with organizational help from the pros. Some people need home renovations and rides to appointments. Others may need a guard dog — or a new home.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Smartphone apps can help count calories or detect a heart attack. People are embracing them to manage many aspects of their health. But medical apps are largely unregulated now, so there's no easy way to be sure which ones are trustworthy and which ones aren't.
Friday, May 31, 2013
Marc Fucarlie left the hospital this week, after 45 days of surgeries and skin grafts, induced comas and dozens of tests. His right leg was amputated and it's uncertain how functional his left leg will be. His rehabilitation will take years, and he's worried about how he'll pay for it.