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How much does an IUD cost? $0 or $500 or $2,600? And hey, is it covered?

Posted by on March 25, 2014

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SUMMARY: How much does an IUD cost? Well, either $0 or $500, or much more, one woman learned, after a 5-1/2 month research project –- much of it wrangling over the money. You knew that your IUD was covered under the Affordable Care Act, right? Read on for details of three women’s experiences, or …

 

 


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About That $1,126 Charge For A 2-Inch Bandage: Oops, It’s $2

Posted by on March 25, 2014

SUMMARY: Always question your bills. Always. Our friends over at Commonhealth wrote a piece not long ago about a woman who was charged $1,126 for a 2-inch bandage. After a year of fruitless complaining, she posted on the hospital’s Facebook page. Guess what?

 

 


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2 docs tell us: Treat people well, don’t waste money. Win!

Posted by on March 23, 2014

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SUMMARY: How do doctors decide what to spend money on? How do patients decide? How do insurers decide? It’s a complicated question, and here’s a simple answer: “The McNutt-Hadler Credo for Value-laden Medical Decision Making,” written by two doctors in the form of a blog post at The Health Care Blog. Read on for their advice, or… 

 

 


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Talking to insurers: Can I record my phone calls?

Posted by on March 20, 2014

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SUMMARY: Disputes about payments and coverage with providers and insurers are increasingly common. What can you do to protect yourself? Keep reading for some advice, or…

 

 


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How much does teeth cleaning cost? From $50 to $299

Posted by on March 18, 2014

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SUMMARY: How much does teeth cleaning cost? Here in the New York metro area, it can cost from $50 to $299, and we’ve heard even higher numbers. Why? Well, it depends. Who’s the provider, and what all is included? Are you paying cash? Do you want X-rays with that? Keep reading for advice, or…

 

 


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Hospital price lists: Arizona system publicizes cash rates

Posted by on March 15, 2014

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SUMMARY: New transparency tools land in our laps every day. Today’s discovery: the Arizona hospital system that’s publishing cash or self-pay prices.

 

 


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How Health Insurance Companies Keep Your Premiums High: Guest post

Posted by on March 14, 2014

 

GUEST POST SUMMARY: Many insurance plans make you go to an approved doctor at an approved hospital for approved procedures and take approved drugs. Even doctors often don’t have much say in this. We hand all this control to insurance companies and they use it, they say, to control their own costs. Is that all they use it for?

We bring this to you courtesy of Dr. David Belk, a California internal medicine doc who has a deep interest in health-care pricing, and who wrote this blog post at Huffington Post, from which we re-post with permission. Click through for more, or …

 

 


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Washington insurance company turns back transparency plan

Posted by on March 10, 2014

 

SUMMARY: Texas has a great new price transparency database, but Washington’s legislature just rejected a plan to make transparency the law. The objections came from Washington’s biggest insurance company, according to a local press report.

 

 


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How much does a dental exam cost? From $20 to $300-plus.

Posted by on March 10, 2014

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SUMMARY: How much does a dental exam cost? Here in the New York metro area, it can cost from $20 to $200, and we’ve heard as much as $300-plus. Why? Well, it depends. Who’s the provider, and what all is included? Are you paying cash? Do you want X-rays with that? Keep reading for advice, or…

 

 


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Remember that Florida hospital that planned to post prices? Never mind.

Posted by on March 4, 2014

SUMMARY: Remember that Florida hospital chief who promised to post all his hospital’s contracted rates with all its insurance companies? Well, not so fast. It hasn’t happened, and it’s not likely to.

 

 


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