How much does olmesartan-HCTZ (Benicar) cost, $771.99 or $6?

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How much does olmesartan-HCTZ (Benicar) cost, $771.99 or $6?

A friend writes: So, I have three prescription drugs: two to lower my blood pressure, the other a potassium supplement needed because the two blood pressure medications leach potassium from my body — is this a great country, or what?! My pharmacy is my nearest grocery store. I changed my prescription drug plan effective 2021. […]

Each family member is on a different insurance plan: $21,948/yr. vs. $34,860/yr.

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Each family member is on a different insurance plan: $21,948/yr. vs. $34,860/yr.

It’s insurance open enrollment season. This may not be in time to help you, but here it is anyhow. A friend writes: I’m not sure how typical our family’s experience is with regard to managing healthcare costs in today’s environment, but I hope this may be helpful. Also, as a note, this is not meant […]

How much does Lialda (mesalamine) cost, $25, $255 or $1,008?

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How much does Lialda (mesalamine) cost, $25, $255 or $1,008?

A friend writes: “What a PIA… I read that article back then… How much time do I spend researching this? “Here it goes – Lialda 1.2g DR Tab – 120 tablets, generic mesalamine $710 retail price at Costco, $324.80 with free coupon through GoodRx https://www.goodrx.com/lialda $517 retail price at CVS, $346 with free coupon through […]

How much do lab tests cost: $9 or $275 with insurance? Or, how to shop for health care

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How much do lab tests cost: $9 or $275 with insurance? Or, how to shop for health care

When my TED talk was posted again recently on Facebook, with prominent mention of disparities in lab test costs, there were a lot of comments. This one stood out, so I’m putting it here as part of our “A friend writes” series. She’s in the Knoxville, Tenn., area. “Yup!!! “I had a panel of tests […]

A spider bite, and $4,348.44 dollars later: ‘I don’t have the willpower to argue any of it’

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A spider bite, and $4,348.44 dollars later: ‘I don’t have the willpower to argue any of it’

The share from the community member looked ominous: An IV, which usually means an emergency room. PROCEDURE: 96365 Ther/proph/diag iv inf init PRICES: CHARGED: 1200.0 INSURED: 0.0 PAID: 1200.0 HOSPITAL: Mount Sinai Beth Israel INSURER: Cigna OTHER INSURER: An employer I asked: Thanks for your share on ClearHealthCosts! We might want to write about this. […]

A kid has chest pain, and $10,000 later … here’s the bill

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A kid has chest pain, and $10,000 later … here’s the bill

A friend writes: Recently saw Jeanne’s superb TED talk.. and was instantly inspired to share our recent ER experience. Please see attached the bill we got for a visit to the NYU Langone Cobble Hill ER in November for my 14-year-old son who was having severe chest pains and racing pulse ( turned out nothing […]