The health care industry is one that begs discussion — it’s personal, it’s social, and it impacts us all. Every week we come across hundreds of articles, tweets, updates, and briefs. We thought you’d like to read some of what we’re seeing right now, and start a conversation. Tune in for your weekly dose of all things North Carolina health care news related.

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Higher number of ER visits means higher cost of health care. What are some alternatives? – Watch video

These stitches belong to Alex. The ER bill? It belongs to his mom. Like many, she didn’t know the same stitches cost a fraction of the price at an urgent care. Fact is, Americans could save billions a year by going to the ER only for emergencies.

Alyssa Coughenour

About Alyssa Coughenour

Alyssa Coughenour is a rising senior at Duke University studying Public Policy and Journalism & Media Studies. Originally from Scottsdale, AZ, this is Alyssa’s first summer in North Carolina. In her spare time, Alyssa enjoys hiking and fitness.