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 […]

How much does a blood pressure check with a physician’s assistant cost, $25 or $464?

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How much does a blood pressure check with a physician’s assistant cost, $25 or $464?

A blood pressure check and medication adjustment with a physician’s assistant costs $464? How can that be? The share was from New Orleans, and the provider is University Medical Center, a part of LCMC Health, the big New Orleans chain. “University Medical Center charged a $308 ‘facility fee’ and after insurance discounts I’m out of […]

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 […]

How much does an emergency room visit cost? Or how to successfully argue a bill

How much does an emergency room visit cost? Or how to successfully argue a bill

His kid was treated at the emergency room at Children’s Medical Center – Plano, Tex., he told us when he shared his experience on our website. The charge was $1,770; insurance paid nothing, and he was asked to pay $1,501.24. His remark: ‘Waited six hours. Very expensive treatment for a kid’s tummyache.” I asked him […]

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 […]