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Monday, September 24, 2007

In case you missed it

Catch up to these stories that appeared in the Globe over the weekend:

mel%27s%20bracelet100.bmpA local cancer charity that has raised more than $1 million for Massachusetts General Hospital by selling memorial bracelets recalled about 200,000 of the beaded accessories yesterday after receiving a report that a 9-month-old boy became ill after ingesting lead when he put one in his mouth.

Massachusetts consumers soon will have access to information long kept confidential by the healthcare industry: The prices individual hospitals are paid by insurers for performing specific procedures - data state officials hope will encourage comparison shopping and reduce medical costs.

After facing a barrage of criticism, the state backed off plans yesterday to require low-income patients to pay the equivalent of a small insurance premium before they get free care at hospitals.

The US Department of Veterans Affairs is considering expanding the Brockton VA medical center by moving some or all of its Bedford-based services to the city.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:04 AM
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