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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.

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Your Doctor, Always Available, For A Monthly Fee

May 21, 2015
Dr. Jeff Gold and his patient Steve Bird, who is being examined for an earache. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

We visit a Marblehead doctor who may be the first in Massachusetts practicing “direct primary care.” For a flat monthly fee, the physician offers patients one-hour same-day appointments, no wait.

Financial Relief Finally On Its Way For Meningitis Outbreak Victims

May 19, 2015
A vial of injectable steroids from the New England Compounding Center is displayed in the Tennessee Department of Health back in 2012. (Kristin M. Hall/AP)

More than two and a half years after a Framingham compounding pharmacy recalled all of its products after they were linked to a nationwide meningitis outbreak, a federal bankruptcy judge on Tuesday indicated he would approve a $200 million settlement to compensate the company’s creditors, including victims of the outbreak.

Bombing Survivors Share Mixed, Emotional Reactions To Tsarnaev Death Penalty

May 15, 2015
Liz Norden, whose two sons each lost a leg in the attack, speaks to media outside the courthouse and receives support from first responder Mike Ward. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

BOSTON Death, “that’s the easy way out for him,” says Carol Downing. “I was hoping that he would go away and never be heard from again,” continues Downing, “and suffer the rest of his life like everybody is going to suffer that’s been involved in this.” Downing’s two daughters spent months in the hospital after […]

Team Of MGH Doctors And Nurses Headed To Nepal To Treat Earthquake Victims

April 30, 2015
Members of the MGH medical team headed to Nepal to help care for the more than 10,000 people injured in last weekend's earthquake attend a last-minute briefing Thursday morning at MGH's Center for Global Health. (Courtesy MGH)

The group, most of which has either been to Nepal or traveled to other medical disaster zones, will join those working to keep more than 10,000 injured survivors alive.

Seeking Patients’ Stories, Ann Romney Launches #50MillionFaces Campaign

April 28, 2015
Ann Romney in 2013. (AP)

The campaign aims to capture and share the stories of 50 million patients around the world, and their families, who have multiple sclerosis or other neurological diseases.

Report Finds Stark Gaps In Mass. Addiction Care

April 22, 2015
From the CHIA report on Access to Substance Use Disorder Treatment in Massachusetts

There are almost four times as many men and women coming out of detox as there are from a two- or four-week recovery program.

Blankets And Broth: Hypothermia The Main Medical Issue At 2015 Boston Marathon

April 20, 2015

Hundreds of runners on Monday fell victim to hypothermia, a condition where despite a runner’s hyper-exertion, their body temperature drops dangerously low.

Time The Healer Moves Slowly For 2 Boston Marathon Survivors

April 15, 2015
Marathon bombing survivor Martha Galvis is learning to use a hand doctors are still reconstructing. Here Galvis attempts to pick up a pen off a table after her physical therapy session at Faulkner Hospital on Friday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Martha Galvis is learning to use a hand doctors are still reconstructing. Her husband, Alvaro, adds: “People tell me time heals, but it’s a very slowly turning clock to me.”

Hundreds Gather At Final Public Hearing On State’s Opioid Abuse Crisis

April 03, 2015

Hundreds turned out for a final public hearing before a state panel charged with finding solutions to the drug crisis facing Massachusetts.

Community Rocked By ‘Unprovoked’ Shooting Leaving Boston Cop In Coma

March 29, 2015

Officer John Moynihan, 34, is in a medically induced coma after being shot in the face by a suspect getting out of his car. The suspect was later killed in a police shootout.

Not Male Or Female: Molding Bodies To Fit A Genderfluid Identity

March 23, 2015

A growing group of young adults are identifying as genderfluid and are using hormone therapy and surgery to create more gender neutral bodies.

Medical Marijuana 101: Cheese? White Widow? What’s Up With The Names?

March 12, 2015
(Elaine Thompson/AP/File)

There does not appear to be any real movement to align recommended medical use with a name.

Pine Street Inn Transitions To Permanent Housing

March 09, 2015
Mark Mack, 36, had been homeless, on and off, for 26 years. Here he is in his new apartment in Dorchester -- the first lease he'd ever signed. (Courtesy of Laura Hajar via Pine Street Inn)

With the opening of new apartments, Pine Street Inn — a roof of last resort for more than 40 years — now manages more permanent than temporary beds.

Many In Mass. Await The Next Blizzard With No Heat

February 13, 2015
An oil tank in Robbin Taylor’s basement is empty and she has no money to fill it. The $900 in oil assistance she received at the beginning of winter is long gone. (Martha Bebinger/WBUR)

Roughly 200,000 Massachusetts households qualify for federal home energy assistance. And about half of those who receive aid have already exhausted that benefit.

14 Charged In Deadly 2012 Meningitis Outbreak

December 17, 2014

Fourteen former employees or associates of the New England Compounding Center were arrested Wednesday on charges related to tainted steroids the Framingham pharmacy produced in 2012 that killed 64 people across the country and injured 751, some permanently.

After Loss, Coakley’s Political Future Uncertain

November 05, 2014
Martha Coakley speaks to supporters after her governor's race loss. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Coakley is not saying what kind of work she’ll pursue when her term as attorney general ends in January. “I want to find a way to continue working for the people of Massachusetts. What form that takes, I don’t know yet,” she told supporters Wednesday morning.

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)

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.

What We Know About Menino’s Health

October 24, 2014

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

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

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

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.

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