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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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Talking about medical quality: Consider the source

Posted by on June 29, 2014

Summary: Measuring quality is a constant challenge in health care: quality of providers, quality of hospitals, quality of drugs, quality of treatments. Much of what’s out there is conflicting or written for professionals. A lot of quality information is actually delivered in the form of marketing materials, written to induce patients and providers to choose a specific treatment. Other quality assessments are affected by more subtle connections: If a nonprofit organization writes a seemingly straightforward report, that’s good, right? But what if that organization is funded by insurers, drug companies, or the American Medical Association? Make sure you know what the source of the information is.

 

 


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Join us at PriceCheck, our health cost crowdsourcing project

Posted by on June 23, 2014

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Summary: KQED, Southern California Public Radio and ClearHealthCosts.com  invite California residents to share the cost of medical procedures through Price Check, a groundbreaking crowdsourced database of health care prices, which was launched today. California is one of the largest health care markets in the world and Price Check, which will be a community-created database of cost information for four common procedures, promises to be the very first database on health care costs that is created by, and easily accessible to, the public.


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Hospital quality ratings: Here’s another view, with hospital-by-hospital search

Posted by on June 22, 2014

Summary: Quality ratings are hard to come by in the health-care marketplace, and the ones that exist tend to come to very different conclusions. But there’s a new set of quality ratings, imposed by the government, in an attempt to tie performance to pay by penalizing hospitals for complications and conditions acquired in the hospital. Jordan Rau from Kaiser Health News has the story, and there’s a spreadsheet that will let you search for your hospital.

 

 


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Health Insurers Pressing Down on Drug Prices: The New York Times

Posted by on June 22, 2014

Summary: Increasingly, people are telling us that their medications are no longer covered by their insurance policy, or are covered but with a much higher out-of-pocket price. Andy Pollack wrote a remarkable piece in The New York Times this week pulling back the curtain on the price of prescriptions, and what you can do about it. Hint: coupons and manufacturers’ cards are less and less valuable. Click here to read more….

 

 


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How much does an abortion cost? Well, from $0 to $3,275

Posted by on June 19, 2014

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SUMMARY: How much does an abortion cost? As you guessed, it can vary: from $0 to over $3,000 depending on, among other factors, how long you’ve been pregnant, how you’re paying and, increasingly, where you live. Read on to learn about abortion pricing or…

 

 


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5 ways to net medical savings: All about us, in Parade magazine

Posted by on June 16, 2014

Summary: We had a nice cameo in Parade magazine. Frank Lalli wrote:

“As Anne Landman’s annual physical was about to end, her doctor asked, ‘Is there anything else you want to talk about?’ The Colorado author mentioned a lump in her throat. The doctor looked, said nothing was wrong—and then billed her an extra $100. ‘One hundred dollars for one minute peering down my throat,’ she says. ‘I thought it was part of the exam.’ The lesson: Always think of yourself as a consumer as well as a patient.” Click here to read the full article.

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Culture Change is Here: People are Price-Shopping for Health Care. Our CEO’s ‘Disruptive Women’ Post

Posted by on June 15, 2014

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Summary: Culture change is here.

People are upset about rising health care prices and rising out-of-pocket expenses.

In fact, they’re so upset that they’re acting like consumers, by shopping around for their health care, and by sharing information, and by complaining about their outrage. And that’s a good thing. Our CEO, Jeanne Pinder, was recently named one of 14 “Disruptive Women to Watch in Health Care,” and here’s a blog post she wrote for that site. Keep reading for more, or…

 

 


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The most expensive bills for employers: Cancer, kidney disease, leukemia, birth problems

Posted by on June 8, 2014

 

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Summary: Cancer and kidney disease are the most costly conditions employers deal with by asking their stop-loss insurers to cover them, and an increase in health problems present at birth, and also premature births and associated problems, have cost stop-loss insurers an increasing amount of money, according to a new study by Sun Life Financial U.S., the largest independent writer of stop-loss insurance in the U.S., with $915 million of  premiums in force as of Dec. 31, 2013. Keep reading for more, or…

 

 


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How much does childbirth cost? Our data reveal a wide range of prices

Posted by on June 5, 2014

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Summary:  How much does childbirth cost? The price tag attached to labor and delivery in the U.S. has tripled since 1996, according to a recent report.  The annual amount spent in the U.S. on childbirth costs is over $50 billion. Even women who have insurance often pay some out-of-pocket costs. While all Affordable Care Act insurance plans must cover maternity and childbirth, non-A.C.A. plans or grandfathered plans may exclude such coverage. Even if your plan covers childbirth, it may cover only a portion, so you may find yourself paying a part of the bill. With estimated costs of maternal care cruising at tens of thousands of dollars, pregnant women need to be savvy consumers. Keep reading for advice….
 

 


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