Welcome to our modern hospital where if you want to know a price you can go f**k yourself: McSweeney’s

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Welcome to our modern hospital where if you want to know a price you can go f**k yourself: McSweeney’s

“Welcome to America General Hospital!” Alex Baia writes over at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. “Seems you have an oozing head injury there. Let’s check your insurance. Okay, quick ‘heads up’ — ha! — that your plan may not cover everything today. What’s that? You want a reasonable price quote, upfront, for our services? Sorry, let me […]

How much does an emergency room visit cost?

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How much does an emergency room visit cost?

Emergency room visits cost a lot. So we weren’t surprised when an anonymous person shared an emergency room bill on our site. What we were surprised by: It was a $545 charge. And the person who sent it was outraged that it was so high. By the standards of what we see every day, that […]

A CPAP machine can help some get better sleep, but insurers don’t make it easy: NPR

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A CPAP machine can help some get better sleep, but insurers don’t make it easy: NPR

“Last March, Tony Schmidt discovered something unsettling about the machine that helps him breathe at night,” Marshall Allen of ProPublica writes over at NPR’s Shots blog. “Without his knowledge, it was spying on him. From his bedside, the device was tracking when he was using it and sending the information not just to his doctor, […]

What’s the cost for an emergency room visit for a twisted ankle? How to successfully argue a bill.

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What’s the cost for an emergency room visit for a twisted ankle? How to successfully argue a bill.

A friend recently told me about an emergency room visit for a twisted ankle that nearly cost her $3,500 — and how she successfully argued a bill. We’re leaving out the name of the hospital and insurer, and also my friend’s name; the point here is not to name names but to give helpful advice […]

U.S. first in health spending and worst on major health indicators: JAMA Network

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U.S. first in health spending and worst on major health indicators: JAMA Network

The United States ranks first in spending and worst in obesity, life expectancy and infant mortality, compared to other high-income countries, according to a March 2018 article in JAMA Network by Irene Papanicolas, PhD; Liana R. Woskie, MSc1; and Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH1. Here are the findings: “In 2016, the US spent 17.8% of […]

A patient complained about the cost of her medical care, and the doctor responded: Forbes

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A patient complained about the cost of her medical care, and the doctor responded: Forbes

“The oncologist had prescribed Xgeva hoping it would strengthen her bones while also delaying the progression of Angela Kahn’s breast cancer,” Peter Ubel writes over at Forbes. But Kahn (a pseudonym) couldn’t get over the price of the drug. Before the oncologist had a chance to ask how she was feeling, she blurted out that […]

Hearing aids, hearing loss, hearing help, via the Hearing Tracker: Katherine Bouton explains

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Hearing aids, hearing loss, hearing help, via the Hearing Tracker: Katherine Bouton explains

“The second installment of Hearing Tracker’s survey of 2000 hearing aid users has just been published, and it includes some interesting facts and figures. ‘Paying for Hearing Aids with Medical Insurance,’ the new Hearing Tracker report,  is based on a survey of 2000 hearing aid users conducted earlier this year by Hearing Tracker and its founder, […]

For many, a struggle to find affordable mental health care: The Boston Globe

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For many, a struggle to find affordable mental health care: The Boston Globe

“Massachusetts has more mental health care providers per capita than any other state, more psychiatrists than anywhere but Washington, D.C., more child psychiatrists than all but D.C. and Rhode Island,” Liz Kowalczyk writes over at The Boston Globe in a very useful overview of how our mental health system has gone wrong. “Yet poor and […]

To fight high drug prices, Utah will pay for public employees to go fill prescriptions in Mexico: The Salt Lake Tribune

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To fight high drug prices, Utah will pay for public employees to go fill prescriptions in Mexico: The Salt Lake Tribune

“Amid a flurry of national proposals to bring exorbitant U.S. drug prices in line with other countries’ charges, one Utah insurer has a different option for patients: Pay them to go to Mexico,” Erin Alberty writes over at The Salt Lake Tribune. PEHP, which covers 160,000 public employees and family members, is offering plane tickets […]

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 […]