A reader’s victory on facility fees: She saved more than $300, or how to argue a bill

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A reader’s victory on facility fees: She saved more than $300, or how to argue a bill

A comment came in on one of our “facility fee” posts, explaining this mysterious charge, imposed by hospitals on top of a bill for medical treatment if a patient visits one of their facilities: “As of today, Jan. 30, 2019, this is still happening at Tulane Sports. I received a bill for $153.00 facility fee. […]

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 […]

She saved $650 on an MRI by asking: How people shop for health care

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She saved $650 on an MRI by asking: How people shop for health care

A community member writes: “Just wanted to give you some information for this area: Zip code 36532, which is the Alabama eastern shore of Mobile Bay. “Two weeks ago I had an MRI of both hip joints without contrast. The local monopoly healthcare system (Infirmary) charges $2,400. for that test with cash payers being given […]

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 […]

How much does a CT scan cost — $340 or $1,800? She saved $1,460.

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How much does a CT scan cost — $340 or $1,800? She saved $1,460.

A friend writes: “I have had a pain in my lower abdomen since I felt like I tore a muscle after lifting heavy boxes. “I was referred to hernia doctors and other orthopedic surgeons who said I didn’t have a hernia. Nevertheless, the pain persisted. I finally found an expert in muscle tears that do […]

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

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, and wanted to […]

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

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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 […]

How much does a CT scan cost? He saved $2,010 on a UTI test. Here’s how to successfully argue a bill.

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How much does a CT scan cost? He saved $2,010 on a UTI test. Here’s how to successfully argue a bill.

Three people shared CT scan prices here recently — one in Montana, for a  CT scan of abdomen and pelvis  that was charged at $2,956, when insurance paid $295.60 and the person paid $2,660.40. One-word comment: “Robbery.” (The Current Procedural Terminology or CPT code was 74176, scan without dye.) A second person shared the same thing […]