Top CommonHealth Stories Of 2011
'Tis the season for year-end round-ups, and we relish the chance to revisit our favorite CommonHealth stories of 2011. We're also overjoyed to share the news that although our initial grant money from NPR has officially run out, WBUR has just taken CommonHealth into the fold and made us permanent members of its illustrious team. So for 2012, we're aiming to produce more of the same and then some — deeper, bigger, better, more-multi-media posts and more on-air appearances.
Massachusetts health reform stories:
Gov. Deval Patrick announces his plan for Massachusetts Health Reform 2.0
Attorney General Martha Coakley raises major questions about payment reform and price disparities
In particular, she finds that poorer patients help subsidize health care for the rich.
A behind-the-ledger look at Partners HealthCare's billions
Below the waist:
Sex after cancer: How to get your groove back
Why you should assume everyone has herpes
Costs of care:
The saga of the $23,000 circumcision
Not a story, just a happy note: 2011 marked the inception of Healthcare Savvy, created by WBUR's Martha Bebinger and aiming to bring health care consumers together to share and compare costs and experiences.
The patient experience:
Ten things not to say to parents of preemies
When an eating disorder takes over a teenager's life
When you think it might be Lyme Disease
Medical research and health care innovation:
New cystic fibrosis drug brings gift of a future
From Haiti to Harvard: Crucial foot soldiers of health make house calls
This program aired on December 21, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.