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

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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

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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

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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 […]

His insurer approved an MRI, then denied it. He forked out $2,340 in cash: Philly.com

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His insurer approved an MRI, then denied it. He forked out $2,340 in cash: Philly.com

“Pelvic pain had dogged Keith Morgan for years, unresolved by stretching, hot baths, and other therapies recommended at various doctor visits over the last two decades,” Sarah Gantz writes over at our partner, Philly.com. “So when the issue flared up last August, the 56-year-old Montgomery County resident wanted to get to the bottom of it […]

How much is a facility fee? Facility Fees 101, or what you need to know

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How much is a facility fee? Facility Fees 101, or what you need to know

We have heard a lot of questions and a lot of anguish lately about facility fees, which are charged by hospitals and other institutions for the use of their, well, facilities. Here’s a roundup of what we know about this topic. What is a facility fee? Hospitals often charge a facility fee on top of […]

Bill of the month — $1,496 Kerydin prescription was a costly surprise : Shots, NPR

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Bill of the month — $1,496 Kerydin prescription was a costly surprise : Shots, NPR

“When Anne Soloviev, a retiree who lives in Washington, D.C., received a prescription to treat toenail fungus, she never thought to ask how much the medicine cost,” writes Shefali Luthra over at NPR. Cheryl Diaz Meyer for KHN “When Anne Soloviev went to Braun Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center in Washington, D.C., for her semiannual […]

CORRECTION: Drive from Pennsylvania to New Jersey; save thousands on health care

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CORRECTION:  Drive from Pennsylvania to New Jersey; save thousands on health care

[Editor’s note: We originally titled this “Drive from Pennsylvania to New Jersey; save thousands on health care.” After we posted, we were told that the law noted here applies only to New Jersey residents, so the headline and other parts of the post were wrong. We’ve edited the post to reflect the language in the […]