Daily Rounds: Out-Of-State Scammers; A Councilor's Rape; Low Radiation In U.S. Milk; Merck's $20M To Docs

Out-of-staters reap ‘free care’ - "Patients from New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island are flocking over the border to Massachusetts hospitals for free medical care, according to the Inspector General’s office. “The taxpayers of Massachusetts, out of compassion, to help people who cannot (afford) health care, established this free care fund,” IG Gregory Sullivan said. “Now, people from out of the state are taking advantage of it, and it’s not right.”' (Boston Herald)

Boston city councilor reveals she was raped in college "Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley said today during a public hearing that she was raped as a college student at Boston University." (

Low Levels of Radiation Found in American Milk - "Tests of milk samples taken last week in Spokane, Wash., indicate the presence of radioactive iodine from the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, but at levels far below those at which action would have to be taken, the Environmental Protection Agency said on Wednesday." (

Merck Paid $20.4 Million in Speaking Fees to U.S. Doctors - "Drug maker Merck & Co. paid $20.4 million last year to more than 2,000 U.S. doctors and health-care professionals to discuss the company's products and certain health-care topics with other professionals." (Wall Street Journal)

This program aired on March 31, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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