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Health & Medicine

One surgeon suggests health care decisions in America are too often dictated by money

Most consumers want value for their money. When we buy a house or a car, we shop carefully and thoroughly — and there are rules and regulations governing the information a seller must provide to the buyer. But not so for the medical industry. In many cases, hospitals and doctors deliberately keep the true cost of medical procedures a closely-held secret. Can this unfair and outdated system ever be changed?

Lifestyle & Belief

Tales from the front

Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with Air Force Critical Care Nurse Capt. Christine Collins. Collins serves at a US military hospital at Bagram air base in Afghanistan. Collins talks about caring for a severely burned Afghan girl named Razia.

Arts, Culture & Media

Super-centenarians

The title of world's oldest person now belongs to a Japanese woman living in Okinawa. She's 114 years old. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Stephen Coles, director of the Gerontology Research Group at UCLA. He keeps track of the world's super-centenarians.

Global Politics

Conditions in Haiti still desperate'

It's ten months since a powerful earthquake struck Haiti. Conditions for many are still desperate. Violence, particularly against women, is on the rise. These are the findings of a report by Refugees International. Lisa Mullins talks with Melanie Teff.

Conflict & Justice

Casualties of Libya's civil war

Gaddafi is taking the fight to the opposition in both western and eastern Libya. There are no reliable casualty figures but we know they must be high. America Abroad senior correspondent Sean Carberry saw for himself at a hospital in the city of Ajdebia.

Health & Medicine

One surgeon suggests health care decisions in America are too often dictated by money

Most consumers want value for their money. When we buy a house or a car, we shop carefully and thoroughly — and there are rules and regulations governing the information a seller must provide to the buyer. But not so for the medical industry. In many cases, hospitals and doctors deliberately keep the true cost of medical procedures a closely-held secret. Can this unfair and outdated system ever be changed?