WBUR Staff

Martha Bebinger

Reporter, WBUR

Martha Bebinger covers health care and other general assignments for WBUR. She also created and frequently contributes to HealthCareSavvy, WBUR’s community of patients starting to shop for health care.  She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, class of 2010.

Recent stories

In Hyde Park, Everyone Has A Menino Story To Tell

October 30, 2014
Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s imprint is all over Hyde Park, where he grew up and raised his family. Pictured here, Menino's wife Angela applauds as he is introduced at a 2013 ceremony held to name the Hyde Park YMCA after him. (AP)

BOSTON — Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s imprint is on dozens of multi-million dollar initiatives around the city. But it’s also everywhere in Readville, the section of Hyde Park where Menino, who passed away Thursday at 71, was born, raised his own children, and was called Tommy as often as he was called mayor.

Where Baker, Coakley Stand On Health Care

October 27, 2014
Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker, before a televised debate Tuesday in Boston (Barry Chin/Boston Globe/Pool/AP)

BOSTON — Where do the gubernatorial candidates stand on some of the key concerns in health care? Here’s a summary of Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker’s plans.

No Mandatory Ebola Quarantine In Mass.

October 25, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick says Massachusetts will not follow New York, New Jersey and Illinois in requiring a three-week quarantine for health care workers and others who have had contact with Ebola-stricken patients.

Gottlieb Leaving Partners HealthCare For Partners In Health

October 25, 2014
Partners CEO Dr. Gary Gottlieb

Partners HealthCare CEO Dr. Gary Gottlieb will leave next summer to lead Partners in Health, the global health organization founded by Dr. Paul Farmer and now active in the battle against Ebola.

What We Know About Menino’s Health

October 24, 2014

BOSTON — Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has decided to stop his cancer treatment.

Surgeon General Nominee Murthy Loses Support Of Key Backers

October 22, 2014
Dr. Vivek Murthy (Charles Dharapak/AP/File)

BOSTON — One of the country’s leading medical journals is withdrawing support for a Brigham and Women’s Hospital physician President Obama nominated to become the next surgeon general.

‘Ether Dome': The Story Of Numbing And Inflicting Pain

October 16, 2014
Greg Balla, Lee Sellars (seated), Tom Patterson and Richmond Hoxie act in a scene from "Ether Dome." (Courtesy T. Charles Erickson/Huntington Theatre)

BOSTON — “Ether Dome,” a production run by The Huntington Theatre, explores a 1846 medical discovery in Boston that changed surgery forever.

For Hospitals And Clinics: Insurance To Protect Against Losses From Ebola

October 16, 2014
A Braintree cop places police tape around a Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates sign on Sunday. A patient there complained of Ebola-like symptoms, briefly closing the center. (Steven Senne/AP)

BOSTON — How much money might hospitals lose during an Ebola-related quarantine? And will patients use hospitals that treat the virus? Insurance coverage would address those risks.

Selling Mass. On A New Idea: Shop For Care

October 15, 2014
(Screenshot from Get The Deal On Care)

The state has a new website urging consumers to “get the deal on care.”

Mass. Officials Try To Quell Ebola Fear

October 14, 2014
A Braintree cop places police tape around a Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates sign on Sunday. A patient there complained of Ebola-like symptoms, briefly closing the center. (Steven Senne/AP)

BOSTON — At this moment, in Massachusetts, the fear of Ebola may be more troubling than preparing for the possible cases.

Boston Patient Not At High Risk For Ebola, Health Officials Say

October 13, 2014
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston was temporarily shut down after a patient was brought in Sunday with Ebola-like symptoms. (Steven Senne/AP)

BOSTON — A man who travels to Liberia is being held in isolation at a Boston hospital after experiencing Ebola like symptoms Sunday but doctors say he is not at high risk for the deadly virus. His case has given the public a closer look of how health officials in Boston have prepared to respond to Ebola scares.

Singing And Dancing The Flu Vaccine Lecture

October 09, 2014
Screen shot 2014-10-09 at 2.23.08 PM

A Boston-area pediatrician’s office hits new heights of desperate creativity with its new flu vaccine video.

Harvard Gets Largest-Ever Gift: $350M For School Of Public Health

September 08, 2014
Gerald Chan (Courtesy Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Public Affairs and Communications)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Harvard University is outlining details of the largest donation in the school’s 378-year history. The $350 million gift, in memory of a Hong Kong businessman, is to the Harvard School of Public Health.

Health Leader Berwick, Now A Candidate, Seeks ‘Compassionate Government’

August 29, 2014
Dr. Donald Berwick at WBUR in January (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The Democratic gubernatorial candidate’s positions are built on a foundation of what he calls progressive values.

Burundi Woman Models Future Of Farming In Lancaster

July 29, 2014
Fabiola (Martha Bebinger/WBUR)

LANCASTER, Mass. — A woman from Worcester who fled conflict in Burundi will be honored at the White House Tuesday as a Champion of Change.

New Bill Seeks To Strike Balance Between Safety, Free Speech Rights At Abortion Clinics

July 15, 2014

BOSTON — There’s a replacement in the works for the abortion clinic buffer zone law ruled unconstitutional last month by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Menino Plans To Keep Busy While Receiving Cancer Treatment

March 17, 2014
Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino

BOSTON — The former Boston mayor went public this weekend with word of his diagnosis.

Deputy, Inmate Injured In Shooting At Mass. Eye And Ear

August 01, 2013

BOSTON — Two Middlesex County deputy sheriffs were escorting an inmate who needed treatment when he managed to get access to one of the deputy’s firearms.

Alleged Bulger Extortion Victim Found Dead

July 19, 2013

BOSTON — There is no word yet on what caused the death of alleged Bulger victim Stephen Rakes.

‘Moral Injury': Gaining Traction, But Still Controversial

June 25, 2013

BOSTON — Experts say members of the military have trouble with the idea that the very thing they are trained to do can injure them.

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