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15 Highest-Paid Biopharma CEOs of 2013: Follow the money

Posted by on July 20, 2014

Summary: The $1,000 hepatitis C drug Sovaldi has been in the news lately for the potential dislocation to drug prices, as well as for its therapeutic benefit to hepatitis C patients. The story behind the story involves Congress planning hearings, patients begging for treatment, drug producers explaining that such high prices barely cover their costs, and insurers insisting that drug prices are out of control. Meanwhile, this FiercePharma listing of the 15 best-paid biopharma execs still has the potential to surprise. Read on for details, or….

 

 


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How much does a colonoscopy cost? From $600 to over $5,400

Posted by on July 20, 2014

SUMMARY: How much does a colonoscopy cost? It can vary: from $600 to over $5,400 depending on, among other factors, where it’s done (doctor’s office or surgical center?), what the lab fees are (as in, what they find to test), how long the procedure lasts, what your anesthesia is, and so on. Read on to learn about colonoscopy pricing or…

 

 


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Why do MRI prices vary so much? And a note about our data

Posted by on July 17, 2014

 

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Summary: MRI pricing is fascinating because the disparities are so wide. It’s basically a fairly routine procedure (I’ve had one myself) and yet we have providers reporting prices to us ranging from as little as $295 to to $10,246 at UCSF-Mount Zion.

 

 


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How much does an IUD cost, and is it covered? One paid $0, another $730

Posted by on July 15, 2014

Summary: How much does an IUD cost, and isn’t it covered by insurance under the Affordable Care Act? In our PriceCheck crowdsourcing project, we are focusing this month on mammogram prices in California, but the “share” form accepts all kinds of procedures. These three IUD shares caught my attention; one woman paid $0, one paid $199.24, and one paid $730. What’s up with that? Read on to find out, or ….

 

 


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People are shopping for health care. This is what it sounds like.

Posted by on July 14, 2014

Summary: Culture change is here. People are upset about their health costs, and they’re acting like consumers in the marketplace. They’re looking for value, and for providers who will cure their ills and treat them like thinking beings. We know this because they’re telling us on our PriceCheck project, crowdsourcing health-care prices with our partners KQED public radio in San Francisco and KPCC/Southern California Public Radio in Los Angeles.

 

 


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Ordering Unnecessary Tests: « Science-Based Medicine

Posted by on July 14, 2014

From around the web: “Last week I wrote about doctors who order unnecessary tests, and the excuses they give. Then I ran across an example that positively flabbered my gaster. A friend’s 21-year-old son went to a board-certified family physician for a routine physical. This young man is healthy, has no complaints, has no past history of any significant health problems and no family history of any disease. The patient just asked for a routine physical and did not request any tests; the doctor ordered labwork without saying what tests he was ordering, and the patient assumed that it was a routine part of the physical exam. The patient’s insurance paid only $13.09 and informed him that he was responsible for the remaining $3,682.98 (no, that’s not a typo). I have a copy of the Explanation of Benefits: the list of charges ranged from $7.54 to $392 but did not specify which charges were for which test. It listed some of the tests as experimental and not covered at all by the insurance policy, and one test was rejected because there was no prior authorization.” Harriet Hall, via An Egregious Example of Ordering Unnecessary Tests, Science-Based Medicine.

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Mammogram costs: A New York-California comparison

Posted by on July 9, 2014

Summary: Insurer payments for mammograms in California seem to be higher than they are in New York, according to preliminary results from our PriceCheck crowdsourcing project with KQED public radio in San Francisco and KPCC/Southern California Public Radio in Los Angeles.

 

 


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What do California insurers pay for mammograms? $134.41 or $1,200

Posted by on July 7, 2014

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Summary: Insurer payments for mammograms in California range from $134.41 to $1,200, according to preliminary results from our crowdsourcing project with KQED public radio in San Francisco and KPCC/Southern California Public Radio in Los Angeles.

 

 


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How Much IS That? Making Health Care Price-Transparent

Posted by on July 4, 2014

Summary: On Twitter, the hashtag #HCPT stands for Health Care Price Transparency. People use that hashtag to anchor discussions about healthcare pricing, resources for finding out “how much is that” in healthcare, negotiating price with healthcare providers, and the ins and outs of understanding your insurer’s Explanation Of Benefit (EOB) statements, and any other healthcare price/cost visibility issues that are in the news, or on people’s minds. Keep reading for an invitation to a tweetchat, or…

 

 


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Paying cash for birth control pills? They could run you $9 to $112

Posted by on July 2, 2014

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Summary: Paying out-of-pocket for birth control pills isn’t uncommon. Maybe you’re uninsured, or your plan is “grandfathered.” Maybe you buy a pill that’s not covered on your insurance company’s list of preferred or approved drugs. Or maybe you work for Hobby Lobby or one of the nearly 80 other companies likely to opt-out of the Affordable Care Act contraception mandate following Monday’s Supreme Court ruling. Regardless of the reason, we’ve collected  some tips for price-shopping birth control pills.

 

 


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