An academic friend writes:

“Recently I had to visit a  ‘travel clinic,’ which is routine for people before traveling to certain regions of the world.  In my case, I am scheduled to travel to West Africa [for talks].

“I visited the travel clinics, run by my own medical center, received a few shots to prevent infectious/tropical diseases.  The visit took less than 5 minutes, with 2 vaccines.  The bill, which I had to pay out of pocket because health insurance typically does not cover travel clinics/tropical medicine, was $550.

“And this is not done yet, this morning, I had to receive a follow-up shot, the visit took about literally 30 seconds.  The bill?  $180!!

“This is a crazy world, and who doesn’t have a story similar to this?  I hope you have a robust program to get to the core of the problem. “

Jeanne Pinder

Jeanne Pinder  is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. She worked at The New York Times for almost 25 years as a reporter, editor and human resources executive, then volunteered for a buyout and founded...