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 […]

How much does kidney stone removal (lithotripsy) cost? One man’s surgery shopping experience

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How much does kidney stone removal (lithotripsy) cost? One man’s surgery shopping experience

A community member shared several prices for kidney stone treatment via our site. I asked him what was up, and we started a conversation. This is what resulted. Let’s call him Michael from the Louisville, Ky., area. Before we start, though, I want to note that a system requiring someone like Michael to go to […]

How much does a lipoma excision cost? He saved $1,660. How people shop for health care.

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How much does a lipoma excision cost? He saved $1,660. How people shop for health care.

A report came from a community member about a CT scan: 70490 Ct soft tissue neck w/o dye, charged $440.92, insurance paid nothing, he paid $440.92 at Queens Medical Imaging. He noted, “Performed at NYU imaging center on Austin Street. Seemed a bit too expensive. ” The bill had a different charge, so I asked […]

How much does Nucala cost? Or how to argue a bill

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How much does Nucala cost? Or how to argue a bill

A friend writes: “Tufts Medicare Preferred on numerous occasions failed to give me cost and alternative information related to Nucala (asthma) injections that I needed to make a reasonable decision. After three injections, I received a bill for my first injection copay of $576.74 indicating a total of $1730.22. I had had no previous indication […]

How much does a transvaginal ultrasound cost? She saved $155.01 by arguing over a bill

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How much does a transvaginal ultrasound cost? She saved $155.01 by arguing over a bill

How much does a transvaginal ultrasound cost? We heard from a community member who successfully argued a bill from Florida Radiology Imaging for $312.13 It’s a good story of how a savvy person can make a clear point with an abundance of information. She sent in her prices with this comment: “These were done for […]