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Healthcare System

Taking care of your health involves choosing a doctor and understanding how to best get the care you need. This section will help you deal with these issues and provide some fun and shocking facts about the medical field.


Oncologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of tumors, particularly cancer. There are subspecialists within the field of oncology, such as pediatric oncologists, gynecologic oncologists, and radiation oncologists. Find out exactly what oncologists do.

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How Doctors Really Die

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Study Argues Systemic Medical Error Is Third Leading Cause of Death in U.S.

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Is the Affordable Care Act Changing the Ties Between Doctors and Big Pharma?

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How Do Doctors' Biases Affect Your Health Care?

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