What was Thursday’s column about? It was a puff piece for the hospital extolling its charity care program that helped a cancer patient whittle down some of his bills for his treatment. Will Burger use his space to explore why cancer treatments cost so much in the first place?

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Trudy Lieberman is a fellow at the Center for Advancing Health and a longtime contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review. She is the lead writer for The Second Opinion, CJR’s healthcare desk, which is part of our United States Project on the coverage of politics and policy. Follow her on Twitter @Trudy_Lieberman.