The new Massachusetts state health care website: The Boston Globe

The new Massachusetts state health care website: The Boston Globe

“State officials are launching a website that attempts to make health care costs a little easier for consumers to understand,” Priyanka Dayal McCluskey writes over at The Boston Globe. “The long-planned website, MassCompareCare.gov, is scheduled to go live Wednesday. It contains information about health care costs and quality, and includes guides to help patients ask […]

Women with breast cancer delay care when faced with high deductibles: The New York Times

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Procedures

Women with breast cancer delay care when faced with high deductibles: The New York Times

“When Pam Leonard felt a lump in her breast last November, she hesitated, debating whether to get testing to see if she had cancer,” Reed Abelson writes over at The New York Times. “She thought of her insurance policy, which carries a deductible of $2,600. She knew she would also have to spend as much […]

Nine rights every patient should demand: The New York Times

Filed Under: Costs

Nine rights every patient should demand: The New York Times

“Ever since the American Hospital Association created its first Patient Bill of Rights in the early 1970s, medical centers, professional associations and states have been adapting it or creating their own. They are featured on websites and included in admissions packets, and adorn hospital walls,” Elisabeth Rosenthal writes in an opinion piece over at The […]

Drug copay assistance keeps patients alive and prices, premiums high: USA Today

Drug copay assistance keeps patients alive and prices, premiums high: USA Today

“Leonard Rodgers, 80, Tempe, Arizona, gets help with the cost of his expensive prescriptions from non-profit Good Days,” Jayne O’Donnell, David Robinson, Ken Alltucker and Liz Freeman write over at the USA TODAY Network. “He talks about how he would be bankrupt in a few months if it wasn’t for the financial assistance. Copayment assistance […]

For this family, the flu’s final gut punch was an $887 testing charge: Philly.com

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

For this family, the flu’s final gut punch was an $887 testing charge: Philly.com

“Vince Amalfitano isn’t one to rush to the doctor’s office every time his kid sniffles,” Sarah Gantz writes over at our partner philly.com. “But when 12-year-old Christopher’s fever climbed past 102 and with nightly news horror stories of flu deaths swirling in his mind, the Montgomery County father decided it was time for a trip […]

NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, WVUE-Fox 8, ClearHealthCosts named Peabody Award finalists

NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, WVUE-Fox 8, ClearHealthCosts named Peabody Award finalists

“‘Cracking the Code: The Real Cost of Health Care,’ a joint project of NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, WVUE-Fox 8 and ClearHealthCosts, was nominated Tuesday (April 10) for a 2018 Peabody Award, handed out annually to honor the best in TV, radio and digital media,” Mike Scott writes over at NOLA.com. “The series was one of […]

How having health insurance spiked her hospital bill by $400: Philly.com

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

How having health insurance spiked her hospital bill by $400: Philly.com

“It was 2 in the morning when Annette Alexander rushed her daughter Cherie to Abington-Lansdale Hospital with throbbing head pain,” Sarah Gantz writes over at partner philly.com. “The 24-year-old’s two-hour visit for what turned out to be a migraine headache led to a bill of $1,642. But in her haste, Alexander had left the family’s […]

Can Doctors Choose Between Saving Lives and Saving a Fortune? The New York Times

Can Doctors Choose Between Saving Lives and Saving a Fortune? The New York Times

“To understand something about the spiraling cost of health care in the United States, we might begin with a typical conundrum: Imagine a 60-something man — a nonsmoker, overweight, with diabetes — who has just survived a heart attack,” Siddhartha Mukherjee writes over at The New York Times. “Perhaps he had an angioplasty, with the […]

California sues hospital network over high health costs: The Hill

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

California sues hospital network over high health costs: The Hill

“California on Friday sued one of the largest hospitals in the state for ‘anticompetitive practices’ that increase health care costs,” Jessie Hellmann writes at The Hill.  “California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) alleges Sutter Health has used its power to exclude competition and increase prices for patients substantially.  ‘Sutter Health is throwing its weight around in the […]