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BMJ 2009; 338 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b2438 (Published 16 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2438

Bankruptcies from medical bills in US rise by 50%: Nearly two thirds of bankruptcies in the United States in 2007 were linked to illness and medical bills. The number rose by 50% from the 2001 figure, a study in the American Journal of Medicine found (doi:10.1016/j.amjmed.2009.04.012). More than three quarters of people were insured at the start of the bankrupting illness, the study says.

Number of specialist doctors in Iraq falls: A study of doctors who left 12 tertiary hospitals in Iraq shows that the number of specialists in the hospitals fell from 1243 in …

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