The cost of a mammogram: A Boston-New York rivalry

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

The cost of a mammogram: A Boston-New York rivalry

Looks like the Boston-New York rivalry is back, in a different form: this time, it’s over the price of a mammogram. Mammogram prices ranging from $500 to around $900 were quoted to Martha Bebinger, a reporter at WBUR, the NPR station in Boston. She wrote an article about costs of a mammogram  for the the new HealthCareSavvy community over at […]

Checking up on your coverage: The IUD removal saga

Checking up on your coverage: The IUD removal saga

There’s no question about it: IUD’s are making a comeback in a big way. Though roughly 5.5 per cent of women using contraception choose the IUD as opposed to 28 percent using birth control pills, IUD’s — intrauterine devices — are on the rise.  Unlike birth control pills, which you must remember to take every […]

Costs of cancer treatment: A reader’s story

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Costs of cancer treatment: A reader’s story

It’s an inspiring story: She has cancer. She was denied coverage for treatment by her insurance company, and she fought the decision — and won. One of our readers, Mary Schnack, told us her story about pain and triumph in the health-care system. She’s our heroine! “I have had endometrial stromal sarcoma (ESS) eight times […]

Generic birth-control pills: $4 or $10? Or $9? Or $50?

Generic birth-control pills: $4 or $10? Or $9? Or $50?

The marketplace for birth-control pills is pretty interesting, and it seems to change by the day. A woman we know who takes Ortho Tricyclen Lo got this letter  not long ago from her insurance company, encouraging her to stop taking the brand-name pill (for which she has a $50-a-month copay) and to instead start taking […]