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It’s a common sight in Northeast Ohio. Travelling down the highway as you approach an exit, on one side of the road, there’s a shiny new outpost of the Cleveland Clinic, on the other side, one belonging to University Hospital. A few exits down the highway, you might see the exact same thing. In town after town, you come across facilities for both. It’s an indication of just how dynamic the overall healthcare industry is and how the marketplace is evolving.

For seven weeks, WKSU News will examine various facets of the economic impact of the healthcare industry in “The Business of Health.” The series provides an overarching look at how big medicine directly and indirectly affects the lives of the residents of Northeast Ohio and whether they’re sharing in the economic benefits and getting the healthcare options they need at a cost they can afford. That’s Tuesday’s during December and January on Morning Edition.

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The Business of Obesity
The final segment of WKSU's series "The Business of Health"

Obesity is an enormous problem in the United States and the impact is not only on our health.  More than two-thirds of Americans are overweight. More than a third of those are obese.  And the economic cost is staggering. In the final installment of our series, “The Business of Health,” WKSU's Vivian Goodman reports that Ohio, with the 8th highest rate among the states, has a lot to lose if the obesity epidemic rages on.  
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Is the Future of Pharmacy in Big Business, Small Practice or Both?
NEOMED and Ritzman's are betting on the personal touch; mega-mergers go the other direction

The U.S. market for prescription drugs is about $260 billion a year. Three-quarters of the prescriptions are for chronic conditions – and that’s likely to expand as baby boomers get older. This week in our series, The Business of Health, WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, the question is not if the business of pharmacy will grow, but in which direction. And Northeast Ohio is trying out some new versions of old models.  
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Feeding the Workforce: Higher Ed Adapts
The region's medical schools are working to train physicians to meet the needs of today's patients and to anticipate future changes

Team NEO forecasts the region will need an additional 37,000 healthcare professionals over the next decade -- Trained not only in new technology but how to work as a team.  In our latest installment in “The Business of Health,” we visit Northeast Ohio medical schools as they form partnerships, expand campuses and implement technology.
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Medical innovation and investment is booming in Northeast Ohio
The region's bio-med industry will be a big part of economic growth in the next decade

During the last decade, Northeast Ohio’s stature as a bio-medical innovation and production hub has grown to rival Minneapolis, the historic Midwest frontrunner. As part of our series, “The Business of Health,” WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier looks at what’s fueling the rising economic role of the region’s bio-medical industry.
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Independents find their niche in the new health-care landscape
Can physicians go it alone in the current health-care economy?

The days of the solo family practice are fading in modern healthcare. More primary care doctors are opting to work for hospitals instead of going it alone. But in this installment of WKSU’s The Business of Health, Jeff St.Clair looks at how some Ohio physicians are banding together to stay independent.
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In the shadow of the big two, how do smaller health systems operate?
Smaller systems try to compete even as the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals continually expand

Correction: Cleveland Clinic had net patient revenue in 2014 of nearly $4.3 billion. That's calculated by subtracting expenses from inpatient and outpatient services. This story originally listed the $4.3 billion as the total patient revenue. 

The Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals are based within a few blocks of each other on Euclid Avenue on Cleveland’s east side. But they’ve been increasingly opening offices to the south, including in Akron, a city where Summa Health System has traditionally been dominant. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports on how Summa and others can stay competitive in the face of increased consolidation.
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NEO’s Health-industrial complex: How Did We Get Here?
Providing care and shareholder value: Is it a mixed mission?

Healthcare is more than just taking care of people’s health. With a $15 billion footprint in northeast Ohio, it is a key part of the regional economy. In this opening installment of our seven-part series “The Business of Health,” WKSU’s Tim Rudell takes a look at this growing and evolving industry.
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