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How to be a smart consumer in your doctor's office

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A doctor's office at the South Los Angeles Family Health Clinic.

When it comes to health care, there was some news that caught our eye this week.

First, a story that we brought you a few days ago: drug maker GlaxoSmithKline announced it will stop paying doctors to promote its drugs. Also, an article in Vanity Fair that detailed the health problems associated with the birth control Nuvaring.

It got us wondering how you can be a smart consumer about your health care when there may be uncertainty about the prescriptions you take and whether they are actually safe or necessary.

Joining us for some advice is Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog. 


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