How much does my medication cost? We saved her $275, or how people use our data

Filed Under: Costs, Patients

How much does my medication cost? We saved her $275, or how people use our data

A friend writes: “I know that general health insurance isn’t what you specialize in at CHC.com, but I’m taking advantage of the fact that I know you to ask what I hope is an easy question for you to answer: “Can I change my crappy health insurance at this time of year — without a […]

Watching change happen in real time: How people use our data

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Watching change happen in real time: How people use our data

We got to watch a community member learn how to shop for health care in real time the other day, when our partners over at NOLA.com I The Times-Picayune were doing a Facebook Live. She came in in the comments, saying, “I pay my insurance over $500 a month. My out of pocket after my […]

She saved $3,786 on an MRI: How people use our data

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She saved $3,786 on an MRI: How people use our data

(Updated March 2022) We received this email in connection with our Cracking the Code partnership in New Orleans: My doctor at Tulane University Medical Center had suggested an abdominal MRI as part of a portfolio of check-ups to better understand the possible trajectory of a hereditary condition that might affect me. I’m 27 years old, […]

Ultrasound cost: Saving $1,205, or how people use our data

How do people use our data? Listen: “We recently spent much time trying to find the cost of a fairly routine thyroid ultrasound as we now have a high deductible insurance plan,” said the note to us. “It was extremely frustrating. Even Aetna could not give us expected costs or alternate locations for the test. […]

How do people use our data? Our community speaks

Summary: Not everyone who comes to our data uses it in the same way — some people are cheering us on and offering to help just because they think transparency is the right thing. Here are some voices from our Florida partners’ survey of their community members: ‘This will be a valuable tool & may […]

The Covid vaccine: Rates drop at our van, despite the new variant of Covid

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The Covid vaccine: Rates drop at our van, despite the new variant of Covid

Vaccinations have dropped sharply among people visiting our Covid vaccine van in Queens — and we find ourselves both surprised and not surprised in light of the new BA.2 variant of the Covid virus. We have been tracking the surge in the new Covid variant in Queens Village in New York City by various measures […]

Coronavirus (Covid) and the tests: Growing use of home tests leaves health agencies in the dark about unreported cases

Coronavirus (Covid) and the tests: Growing use of home  tests leaves health agencies in the dark about unreported cases

“When fans of the band Phish started falling ill with Covid-19 all over the country after a Halloween concert weekend in Las Vegas, public health officials were largely in the dark about what appears to have been a superspreader event,” Kathleen McLaughlin writes over at Stat. “In a Facebook post from mid-November with hundreds of […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Why young people are choosing not to get vaccinated

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Why young people are choosing not to get vaccinated

In late June, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.) released a study in which they revealed the surprising statistic that only 34% of younger adults, between the ages of 18 and 39, reported having received a Covid vaccine. This age group reportedly displayed the lowest vaccine coverage and intent to get vaccinated, despite […]