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

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

Health Connector Website Update, By The Numbers

October 09, 2014
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A month before the new site is set to go live, an aide to Gov. Deval Patrick will update the Connector board, using numbers to bolster confidence that the roll-out will go smoothly.

Join Us For A Health Care Shopping Contest

October 08, 2014
shopping carts

Test the new health care shopping tool on your health insurer’s website, and tell us what you find.

Mass. Becomes First State To Require Price Tags For Health Care

October 08, 2014
Massachusetts residents can now shop for their health care online, seeing prices for procedures and visits. (Website)

For the first time, health care prices are public. Right this minute, if you have private health insurance, you can go to your health insurer’s website and find the price of everything from an office visit to an MRI to a Cesarean Section.

Judge Wrestles With Partners Deal

September 30, 2014
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley (Steven Senne/AP/File)

“Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Partners HealthCare et al.” is not proceeding like any routine anti-trust matter. For one thing, there’s unprecedented opposition to the consent decree.

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.

Defining The Deep Pain PTSD Doesn't Capture

June 24, 2013
(AP)

BOSTON — The concept of moral injury — a betrayal of your sense of right and wrong — has helped Marine Corps Capt. Tyler Boudreau understand years of pain that therapy and medications for PTSD didn’t address.

New Think Tank Aims To Solve End Of Life Issues

June 19, 2013

BOSTON — Atul Gawande, renowned writer and surgeon, is opening an innovations lab aimed at improving health care. He says Boston can be the Silicon Valley of health care innovation.

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