How much do ostomy supplies cost? $192 or $45? $63.58 or $14? And where can you buy them?

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How much do ostomy supplies cost? $192 or $45? $63.58 or $14? And where can you buy them?

A friend asked me to tell her where to buy ostomy supplies, preferably the Cymed brand — because she had a friend coming to visit, and as a good hostess, knowing her friend, felt that having ostomy supplies was important for comfort. So I did some research. As always, Reddit is an interesting source of […]

How much does an air ambulance cost?

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How much does an air ambulance cost?

The median charge for an air ambulance ride in a helicopter was more than $36,000 in 2017. (Image by Ed Uthman licensed under Creative Commons.) The headline from News 5, the Cleveland ABC affiliate, says it all: It can happen to anyone of us, an air ambulance ride costing $53,000 It happened to Julie and […]

How much do Sovaldi, Mavyret and Harvoni cost? $84 per patient, $25,757 per patient or $94,500 per patient?

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How much do Sovaldi, Mavyret and Harvoni cost? $84 per patient, $25,757 per patient or $94,500 per patient?

“Several states have made alliances with pharma companies to eradicate hepatitis C infections,” Mark Terry writes over at BioSpace. “One of the more recent was between AbbVie and the state of Washington. Another is with Louisiana and Gilead Sciences’ subsidiary Asegua Therapeutics. However, partly because the bidding for these contracts remain confidential, critics are questioning […]

How much does a brain MRI cost, or the triple whammy: Co-insurance, high deductible and a sick kid

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How much does a brain MRI cost, or the triple whammy: Co-insurance, high deductible and a sick kid

The community member’s report was enough to make you cry. The biggest problem that leaped out at us: A 50 percent co-insurance stipulation in her insurance plan. For an MRI of the brain with and without dye, CPT code 70553, at Virtua Voorhees, these were the prices: CHARGED: 9973.43 INSURED: 2460.0 PAID: 2460.0 Her comment: […]

How much does student health insurance cost? From $0 to $5,592

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How much does student health insurance cost? From $0 to $5,592

The cost for Stanford University’s student insurance policy rose this year to $5,592. (Image by Victor Gane licensed under Creative Commons.)   Student health insurance costs anywhere from $0 to north of $5,000 a year. Which end of the range you get has a lot to do with what your kid’s school requires for coverage. […]

How much does childbirth and delivery cost? For her, it was $3,318.18. And the baby paid $2,780.56.

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How much does childbirth and delivery cost? For her, it was $3,318.18. And the baby paid $2,780.56.

How much does childbirth and delivery cost? One community member reported paying $2,418.38 for antepartum care, vaginal delivery and postpartum care, and $899.80 for the hospital part of the experience. I asked for more details 1. This was the entire bill for antepartum, delivery and postpartum care? Also, did they ask for installments before, or […]

How much do fertility meds cost? Or how to shop around and get the most for your buck on Gonal-F, Menopur, Cetrotide, Ovidrel, Follistim etc.

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How much do fertility meds cost? Or how to shop around and get the most for your buck on Gonal-F, Menopur, Cetrotide, Ovidrel, Follistim etc.

How can you save money on fertility medications for in-vitro fertilization (IVF)  and other assisted reproductive technologies, like intrauterine insemination (IUI), egg freezing, donor eggs and so on? We’ve been hearing a lot about rising costs for these procedures, and particularly about the medications, despite insurance. A couple of stories came our way. This post […]

How much U.S. households with employer insurance spend on premiums and out-of-pocket costs: Commonwealth Fund

How much U.S. households with employer insurance spend on premiums and out-of-pocket costs: Commonwealth Fund

“In the years since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect, public debate over the cost and quality of insurance has focused primarily on health plans sold through the marketplaces established by the law,” Susan L. Hayes, Sara R. Collins, and David C. Radley write for the Commonwealth Fund. “There has been less attention on […]