Heather Boerner

Heather Boerner

Journalist and Author

Heather Boerner is an award-winning journalist who specializes in storytelling on healthcare issues. She's most interested in how people choose between equally important needs.

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Zócalo Public Square :: Why Does the Doc Keep Calling?

ACOs are the latest hope--and hype--for a healthier health care system. But how do they work, and what are the chances that they will deliver on their early promises?

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How About Ice Cream Without the Tonsillectomy?

In 1981, I was 7, in love with Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl,” and so sick and sweaty and miserable that I woke myself from sleep in tears. The problem was tonsillitis. But the solution was not necessarily a tonsillectomy. How the once-ubiquitous procedure became a symbol of rampant unnecessary care.

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Zócalo Public Square :: The Tooth Hurts

Dental care is alarmingly difficult to find and pay for in many parts of the country. Here's why it's in all of our best interest for Medicare to pay for preventative services before a toothache lands someone in the ER.


Zócalo Public Square :: It's My Genes, Isn't It?

Long before healthcare reform, insurers weren't allowed to use, or even know, whether your genes marked you as high risk for expensive diseases. But does the law work--and should we be worried?