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What Does A Knee Replacement Cost? A Database Could Tell You


A report from the Auditor’s Office says Vermont is falling short when it comes to giving consumers a way to research the prices of medical procedures from different health care providers around the state. Wednesday on Vermont Edition, we talk with Auditor Doug Hoffer what the report says about VHCURES, the current database the state is using, which the Green Mountain Care Board plans to revamp. We also hear from the Vermont Public Interest Research Group's consumer advocate Falko Schilling, and from Michael Del Trecco, vice president of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems.

Also in the program, the posthumous novel of journalist Michael Hastings, the Vermonter whose earned acclaim for his reporting as a war correspondent in Iraq and Afghanistan. His wife Elise Jordan talks about why she wanted his novel, The Last Magazine, published a year after his death.

Broadcast live on Wed., July 2, 2014 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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