How can patients take hold of their health costs?

How can patients take hold of their health costs?

In an age of 15-minute doctor appointments, finding a chance to ask your doctor the necessary questions can be challenging. But when a $2,000 bill shows up in the mail months down the road, you’ll probably wish you had asked them.

So why is it so hard?

How can patients take hold of their health costs?

In an age of 15-minute doctor appointments, finding a chance to ask your doctor the necessary questions can be challenging. But when a $2,000 bill shows up in the mail months down the road, you’ll probably wish you had asked them.

So why is it so hard?

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New season, new strain: Why a universal flu vaccine is still a long way off

New season, new strain: Why a universal flu vaccine is still a long way off

This year marks the hundredth anniversary of the “Spanish flu” pandemic, the 1918 global outbreak that killed an estimated 50 million people around the world. Public health has come a long way since then, so we’re not on track for anything even approaching that this year.

But though scientists and the pharmaceutical industry are working hard to develop a “universal” flu vaccine that fights the virus’ constantly changing strains – and at least two of these potential vaccines are in early-stage trials in the U.S. and Britain – it may be years before they actually become an everyday reality.

Here, we try to explain why that is.

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Medill Today // April 20, 2018

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