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With frustration growing among Americans who are being charged exorbitant prices for medical treatment, a bipartisan group of senators Tuesday unveiled a plan to protect patients from surprise bills and high charges from hospitals or doctors who are not in their insurance networks.

When appendicitis struck a young mother vacationing in St. Pete Beach eight years ago, she was rushed to Palms of Pasadena Hospital. There, Dr. Ernest Rehnke removed her appendix.

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08/04/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents is a rebroadcast with whistle-blower surgeon and Johns Hopkins Professor Dr. Marty Makary.  He’s an international expert on patient safety, who laments the corporatized hospital culture.

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09/11/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents ponders the overuse of life-prolonging medical care, with journalist  Katy Butler (Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death). There are some 6-million Americans over the age of 85.  They’re now the nation’s fastest growing age group. The vast majority  hope to die at home, but 44% die in hospitals, a fifth of those in intensive care.

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07/11/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with the latest developments in prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment. Medical researcher Dr. Jay Cohen says there are new alternatives to invasive surgeries and radiation therapies.  He was diagnosed with the condition in 2011.  Dr. Cohen's most recent book is Prostate Cancer Breakthroughs. That’s Topical Currents . . . Thursday at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.  

02/20/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents examines the shortage of primary care doctors in today’s medical landscape and efforts to give more latitude to nurse care practitioners.  The upcoming Florida Legislative session will address the issue.  Increased Medicare costs and the Affordable Care Act figure into the picture to give qualified nurse practitioners more latitude in patient treatment.

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American medical students who get their diplomas in Cuba could forget about practicing in Florida if legislative bills filed by two Hialeah Republicans are passed this session.

State Rep. Manny Diaz Jr. said Americans who overlook human and civil rights abuses just to get a cheap medical degree lack the "moral clarity to serve patients in Florida."

The Senate bill, SB 456, was filed by State Sen. Rene Garcia.