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

Medical Marijuana 101: 10 Things You Should Know Before Using The Drug

July 21, 2014
Marijuana plant

Those who praise its benefits say you should be prepared for a period of trial and error.

Medical Marijuana 101: What’s In Your Drug?

July 21, 2014
Label, created by MCR labs, to display marijuana sample test results.

BOSTON — With all the attention in Massachusetts to dispensaries that will sell marijuana for medical use, the question of who will test the drug has been largely overlooked.

New Concerns About Coakley-Partners Deal

July 18, 2014
Commission staff estimated Partners' increased share of hospital care after the proposed acquisitions o Hallmark Health and South Shore Medical Center

BOSTON — There are new concerns about an agreement Attorney General Martha Coakley negotiated to try and control the prices and market power of Partners HealthCare. The implication, from a commission created to help reduce health spending, is that the deal does not go far enough.

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.

Cautious Optimism That New State Insurance Site Will Work

July 10, 2014

But a top aide to Gov. Deval Patrick says he’s not sure yet if the site will be ready by a Nov. 15 deadline.

For Rwandan Man In Boston, New Arms Replace Those A Father Destroyed

June 30, 2014
Greg Martino fits a new prosthetic on Patrick Mbarushimana at the United Prosthetics workshop in Dorchester. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — Patrick Mbarushimana, now 22, spreads a message of resilience and hope. He’s getting prosthetics and training in how to use them in Boston.

AG Deal With Partners Filed In Court: Restricts Growth, Costs

June 24, 2014
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley (Steven Senne/AP/File)

The deal — which needs court approval — would resolve an antitrust investigation by the attorney general’s office and ultimately allow Partners to acquire South Shore Hospital.

Medical Marijuana 101: Mass. Doctors Head To The Classroom

June 23, 2014

A group of doctors gathered for the Massachusetts Medical Society’s first continuing education course on the use of marijuana to treat medical issues.

A New Way To Shop For A Primary Care Doctor In Mass.

June 18, 2014
A screenshot of MHQP's new Healthcare Compass website.

BOSTON — Massachusetts Health Quality Partners is launching what it hopes will be a more user friendly way for the public to use information it has gathered on primary care doctors’ offices for years.

No Court Filing Yet In Partners Deal To Expand

June 17, 2014
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley (Steven Senne/AP/File)

A negotiated agreement that would have let Partners HealthCare expand to include South Shore and three other hospitals is on hold.

To Beat Heroin Addiction, A Turn To Coaches

June 13, 2014
Gosnold recovery coach Kristoph Pydynkowski, right, takes Jeremy Wurzburg kayaking, building a life of healthy, positive activities in early recovery. (Courtesy Pydynkowski)

GOSNOLD, Mass. — Of heroin addicts who stop using, 40 to 60 percent relapse within the first year. So there’s growing interest in using recovery coaches.

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

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.

Remembering Former Mass. Gov. Paul Cellucci

June 09, 2013
Gov. Paul Cellucci addresses the media during a news conference at the State House in Boston, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000. (Steven Senne/AP)

BOSTON — Former Massachusetts Gov. Argeo Paul Cellucci died Saturday, at home, from complications related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was surrounded by friends and family. Cellucci, a Republican, was 65.

No Clear Targets For Civil Suits In Marathon Bombings

May 10, 2013

BOSTON — Where might victims with outstanding medical or disability expenses turn? Attorneys are considering possible targets.

The Soft And Rough Sides of Mike Sullivan, Republican Candidate For U.S. Senate

April 22, 2013
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Michael Sullivan. (AP)

BOSTON — Hardworking and humble: that’s the character Mike Sullivan hopes will resonate with voters who don’t agree with his conservative positions.

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