The average American spends around $1,000 a year on health care. And then there are the platinum patients. The Atlantic

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

The average American spends around $1,000 a year on health care. And then there are the platinum patients. The Atlantic

“Each year, 1 in every 20 Americans racks up just as much in medical bills as another 19 combined,” Andrew McGill writes in The Atlantic, in a piece that documents health spending patterns among Americans. “This critical 5 percent of the U.S. population is key to solving the nation’s health care spending crisis. If you’re […]

Because patient advocacy groups aren’t always what they seem: A quick guide to nonprofit sleuthing from HealthNewsReview.org

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Because patient advocacy groups aren’t always what they seem: A quick guide to nonprofit sleuthing from HealthNewsReview.org

“Journalists shouldn’t take organizations they report on at face value,” Mary Chris Jaklevic writes over at Health News Review, the watchdog organization. “Rather, they should ask who calls the shots and who provides the funding. And they should report findings that call into question a group’s credibility. But as HealthNewsReview.org has repeatedly found, that essential […]

Physician survey: Unneeded medical care is common, driven by fear of malpractice

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Physician survey: Unneeded medical care is common, driven by fear of malpractice

“A new national survey of more than 2,000 physicians across multiple specialties finds that physicians believe overtreatment is common and mostly perpetuated by fear of malpractice, as well as patient demand and some profit motives,” a release on Insurance NewsNet tells us. “A report on the findings, published in PLOS ONE, highlights physicians’ perspectives on […]

How much do allergy tests cost? One woman’s reporting

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How much do allergy tests cost? One woman’s reporting

A friend said recently that she needed to get allergy tests in the New York area, but she wasn’t certain they would be covered under her insurance. She was planning to make inquiries, and I asked her to keep notes. I told her I’d post them without using her name. She writes: I’ve gotten around to culling […]

Don’t yelp your doctor. Study finds quality ratings are all wrong: Bloomberg

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Don’t yelp your doctor. Study finds quality ratings are all wrong: Bloomberg

“If you’re looking for the best doctor, online ratings are unlikely to be much help,” Zachary Tracer writes over at Bloomberg. “That’s the determination of researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, who compared reviews of 78 of the medical center’s specialists on five popular ratings sites with a set of internal quality measures […]

Appealing a denial, or how to turn ‘no’ into ‘yes’: Part 3 of our series on billing

Appealing a denial, or how to turn ‘no’ into ‘yes’: Part 3 of our series on billing

So your insurance company denied a treatment or a medication, in advance, and you want help. This is part of our series on billing advice (see below for other entries.) Here are a few steps. Understand the reason for the denial. Ask that it be clearly stated, in writing, and that the appeal process for […]

Hey, Humana! Can we help you figure out how much an X-ray costs?

Hey, Humana! Can we help you figure out how much an X-ray costs?

Humana, the big health insurer, came visiting the other day to ask ClearHealthCosts how much an X-ray costs. They spent 8 minutes and 46 seconds reading this blog post. You can see on the screenshot here of our analytics program. Interestingly, they came to us via the sketchy informationvine.com search. They came lots of other […]