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

(Updated 2022) A community member shared this regarding what a breast biopsy cost her: 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: […]

Our CBS News partnership

We launched our CBS News partnership in September 2019, under the name “Medical Price Roulette.” Here’s the first story from Anna Werner, national consumer investigative correspondent at CBS This Morning.  She interviewed Frank Esposito, who faced close to $700,000 in medical costs after receiving surgery after an emergency room visit for a herniated disk. He […]

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Barriers to care experienced by women in the United States: The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

“This Visualizing Health Policy infographic looks at barriers to care experienced by women in the United States. Women incur greater health care costs than men, particularly during the reproductive years,” The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation says on its website. “Despite a lower uninsured rate than men (11% vs 14%), women are more likely to […]

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Hospital price transparency, again: The Jan. 1, 2021, disclosure rule, examined

The administration’s health price transparency rule went live Jan. 1. Already, President Donald Trump is declaring victory. But did it work? Are hospitals complying? Does it matter for patients? Describing the new rules, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services say on their website: “Starting January 1, 2021, each hospital operating in the United States […]

ClearHealthCosts in the press

As seen in… click logo for story   Coverage Highlights “Now health care is getting its Kayaks and Trulias.” Tina Rosenberg, “Revealing a Health Care Secret: The Price,” The New York Times. “People are demanding control over health expenses and treatments, trying to manage out-of-pocket costs and confusing bills, and seeking the care they need at […]