Summary: “Kate and Scott Savett were trying to be responsible when they needed some medical care… Scott, 43, is a chemist and designs software for labs; Kate, 37, works in life insurance,” wrote Elana Gordon, at our partner WHYY public radio in Philadelphia, a bit ago. “They buy their health insurance through Scott’s job, and […]
Summary: If one were to survey the public, it is not obvious whether being sick would rank as more frustrating than dealing with health insurance —- especially in these times of health reform and uncertainty. Doctors also sometimes find dealing with health insurance difficult —- especially when their patients don’t understand their responsibilities. Here is […]
Summary: “When Maria spoke to the collections agency about the latest bill she’d received for her daughter’s surgery, the woman on the other end of the phone was encouraging: ‘You only owe $10,000. It WAS $44,000. You should be happy!’ Mandi Bishop writes over at Tincture. “Only $10,000. For a surgery that should not have […]
SUMMARY: This list of 10 tips and tools for insurance shopping that I wrote was originally posted on the blog at credit.com, where I am a contributor, and distributed to the credit.com network. The chart of state-by-state subsidies from Credit Suisse drew a lot of attention.
Katherine Bouton, a former editor at The New York Times, is the author of “Shouting Won’t Help: Why I — and 50 Million Other Americans — Can’t Hear You.” This was originally posted on her Psychology Today blog, “What I Hear,” and is reposted with permission as the first part of our new series, “How […]
You may have been hoping you could ignore the topic of health insurance, but Oct. 1 is almost here, and with it the new health insurance landscape brought by the Affordable Care Act. And we’re going to help you navigate through it. Here is an outline of what we’ll write about, basically a handbook on […]
This is the second part in our series of new models of payment in the health-care marketplace, touching employers and individuals. The first part is here. * * * * * Employers, patients and other health-care marketplace parties are increasingly cutting insurance companies out of the equation. We’ve written about cost-plus and Medicare-plus, which […]
SUMMARY: Amazing acts of healing and grace — and upsetting episodes of overcharging. That’s what our contributors told us about in our joint project with the Brian Lehrer show on WNYC crowdsourcing the price of mammograms.
While conducting our price surveys, we have learned that some facilities charge based not only on income, but also on age. In particular, at some facilities, an annual exam for a woman over 40 years old is often as much as $50 more than for an 18-39 year old. When we asked why, we were […]
“Much has been written about the relationship between high medical expenses and the likelihood of filing for bankruptcy, but the relationship between receiving a cancer diagnosis and filing for bankruptcy is less well understood. “We estimated the incidence and relative risk of bankruptcy for people age twenty-one or older diagnosed with cancer compared to people […]