Docs encouraged to discuss medical treatment costs

Doctors are seen in this undated file photo.

October 16, 2013 3:03:00 PM PDT
The cost of treatment is one thing doctors don't normally discuss with patients. But that may be changing.

"The New England Journal of Medicine" reports that physicians are being urged to start considering costs as a serious side effect of medical treatment. The article comes from Duke University doctors who are concerned about a high rate of pain in the healthcare wallet.

In 2011, one-third of U.S. families were either struggling to pay or failing to pay their medical bills.