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Medical Mayhem


Minyanville reports on the ailing industry that's charged with keeping Americans well.

Medical Tourism: Your Complete Guide to Fun, Sun, and Surgery
Are you in need of some major dental work but your insurance policy won't cover it? Consider taking a trip to Lugansk, Ukraine, which is known for its dental work at deep discount prices. With healthcare costs soaring, more Americans are turning to medical tourism for answers to their ailments. But buyer beware: those savings could come at a cost.
How Much Is the Human Body Worth?
From plasma to hair to the human heart, there's a price tag for just about every square inch of the human body in both legitimate markets and black ones. Here's where you can find out what you're worth.
A Run on the (Sperm) Banks
The banks on Wall Street might still be suffering, but there are other banks that are experiencing boom times during this recession: sperm banks. Applications for sperm donation are way up across the country. And why shouldn't they be? Selling sperm for cash has long been considered a get-rich-quick scheme for men hard up for funds.
The Ten Most Horrifying Medical Malpractice Cases of All Time
Nobody's perfect, and doctors are no exception to that rule. Charts can get switched, doses misread and numbers miscalculated. Here are 10 of the all-time wildest and most horrifying cases of medical malpractice -- the kind of gross errors that make both doctors and patients sweat.
Eight Prescription Drugs with Truly Disturbing Side Effects
The pharmaceutical industry has created a drug for just about every illness we have, plus a slew of illnesses we didn't know we had. In fact, recent breakthroughs in the pill business, along with adept marketing strategies, have led to the creation of entirely new conditions (are YOUR legs restless?). But fixing one problem could lead to yet another. Here are eight prescription drugs whose side effects could leave you sicker than when you started.
Health Insurance A La Carte: Do You Want Medevac With Those Fries?
In the not-too-distant future -- especially in a future that's shaken up by an industry-changing federal health-care initiative -- it isn't far-fetched to expect insurance companies to consider giving Americans real choices when it comes to coverage. Picking insurance coverage from a menu of options based on your risk profile should be no different than choosing which cable package to order based on your preference for watching sports on television.
Health Care Reform Opponents Argue, "Go Broke, Don't Fix It"
Yes, the healthcare reform plan will cost money. It has to if it hopes to be successful. In the long run, however, as other countries have seen, the price we pay for taking care of the sick will become more affordable.
Big Pharma Shoves America Off the Wagon
While most industries have retrenched during this recession, the pharmaceutical industry keeps spending, and spending, and spending -- on lobbying, to beat back health-care reform, and on advertising, to inspire people to buy its sweet, sweet drugs.
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