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Doctors are talking to their patients about money more than they used to

More and more of us are paying bigger chunks of our health care costs. So what role should our doctor play as we navigate this new economic reality?

According to a new report in Health Affairs, doctors are rolling up their white sleeves and getting into the nitty-gritty more than they used to.

The question, of course, is whether those conversations are effective.

To answer that, a research team at Duke analyzed 3,000 transcripts of patient-doctor visits. The authors found that somewhere between 25 to 40 percent of the time, money comes up during appointments.