T

he message on the orange mailer is emblazoned in Dr. Barbara McAneny’s mind.

From a local hospital in Albuquerque, it contradicted everything she had been telling cancer patients about how to get quality care without going bankrupt. “If the complications of your cancer seem urgent and you can’t reach your doctor,” the mailer said, “a trip to the emergency department could save your life.”

This is a STAT Plus article and you can unlock it by subscribing to STAT Plus today. It's easy! Your first 30 days are free and if you don't enjoy your subscription you can cancel any time.
Already a subscriber? Log in here.

Leave a Comment

Please enter your name.
Please enter a comment.

Sign up for our Morning Rounds newsletter

Your daily dose of news in health and medicine.