How much does a hip replacement cost, $95,459 or $77,967? Or, why does the insurance company pay more than the bill?

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How much does a hip replacement cost, $95,459 or $77,967? Or, why does the insurance company pay more than the bill?

How much does a hip replacement cost, $95,459.83 or $77,967? Or $63,604? A friend had a hip replacement recently, and she sent over her bill. What’s interesting to us is, among other things, the Hospital for Special Surgery bill and the Cigna bill don’t add up. Cigna reports that it was billed $95,459.83; HSS reports […]

How much do blood tests cost? Or, how to argue a bill for a $3,000-plus trip to the doctor.

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How much do blood tests cost? Or, how to argue a bill for a $3,000-plus trip to the doctor.

It was one of those shares that seemed hard to believe. The charge for the blood tests at University of North Carolina Hospitals was $2,378, and the person who shared was asked to pay $1,474.92. Cigna, the insurer, paid nothing. The comment: “The UNC facility in question notably distinguished by Cigna as meeting certain quality […]

How much does a salpingectomy for an ectopic pregnancy cost?

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How much does a salpingectomy for an ectopic pregnancy cost?

A community member shared one price — anesthesia during treatment for an ectopic pregnancy. We asked for details, and she said: 1. This was the bill from the anesthesiologist during a salpingectomy I had. It was an emergency surgery that arose from an ER visit. I was discharged the same day. 2. I have healthcare […]

How much does an MRI cost, $350 or $1,000? He told the billing department the price was too high, and they dropped it

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How much does an MRI cost, $350 or $1,000? He told the billing department the price was too high, and they dropped it

Who knew? When you tell the woman in billing department the price is too high, maybe she’ll drop it for you. The community member shared on our partner’s site about an MRI in Westlake Village, near Los Angeles — and we learned that when he told the office person he was not going to have […]

How much does Remicade cost? The true cost of Crohn’s disease

How much does Remicade cost? The true cost of Crohn’s disease

By ERIN BRICKER (Editor’s note: Erin Bricker reached out to us via our interactive software to talk about health costs, and we struck up a conversation. I asked her to write about her experiences, and she agreed, in the hope that someone else would benefit from her knowledge.) In the last 20 years or so, […]

How much does a breast biopsy cost, $1,000 or $2,342? She saved $1,842

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How much does a breast biopsy cost, $1,000 or $2,342? She saved $1,842

A community member shared this: PROCEDURE: 77031 Stereotact guide for brst bx PRICES: CHARGED: 1000.0 INSURED: 500.0 PAID: 500.0 REPORT DATE: 2019-03-01 SHARE DATE: 2019-03-01 22:54:27 UTC HOSPITAL: Houston Medical Imaging INSURER: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas OTHER INSURER: An employer INPUT BY: xxxxx PHONE: xxxx NOTES: MD Anderson Breast Care with Memorial Hermann […]

How much does platelet rich plasma cost? $400 or $5,000?

How much does platelet rich plasma cost? $400 or $5,000?

A friend writes: Re shopping for procedure costs, I have learned that one the hard way. I have a torn rotator cuff, which I went to Hospital for Special Surgery to have repaired. The surgeon insisted that, prior to surgery, he required that I get an “experimental” shot into my shoulder. He explained they take […]

How much does IVIG (IV Immunoglobulin) cost? Or, no wonder healthcare is so expensive: Morgan Gleason

How much does IVIG (IV Immunoglobulin) cost? Or, no wonder healthcare is so expensive: Morgan Gleason

By Morgan Gleason I am thinking that we might really need to just burn the healthcare system to the ground and completely start over. Although I am pretty experienced with healthcare, the financial piece is one that I haven’t really been as involved in since I am still on my parents’ insurance and they pay […]

How much does a breast ultrasound cost, $95.81 or $800? A breast biopsy, $700 or $2,500?

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How much does a breast ultrasound cost, $95.81 or $800? A breast biopsy, $700 or $2,500?

A commenter over on my TED talk page wanted me to know how easy it is for people to find out prices in advance — in short, saying that anybody who wants a price will have no trouble finding it. At about the same time, this arrived in my inbox, so I asked the writer […]

How much do Focalin and Adderall cost? When patients have to ‘fail’ treatments to get the right meds

How much do Focalin and Adderall cost? When patients have to ‘fail’ treatments to get the right meds

“Step therapy” is the seemingly innocuous name that insurance companies give to the practice of insisting that patients try and fail treatment on less expensive drugs before moving on to more expensive ones. A friend writes: As a parent of two children diagnosed several years ago with ADHD, I have come to find that there […]