Summary: Being sick is hard enough, but talking about money with your providers while you’re sick is even harder. One of our goals here at is to bring the money conversation out of the shadows, so we were interested in a recent survey about people’s attitudes on the topic.



“Despite high medical costs topping Americans’ list of financial concerns, many of us have a hard time telling our doctors that the care they’re prescribing may break the bank,” Lisa Zamosky wrote in The Los Angeles Times.

“As part of a recent awareness campaign called ‘I Wish My Doctor Knew,’ the online health social network Inspire asked patients and caregivers what medical concerns they wish doctors better understood.

“In more than 700 responses, about 20% dealt with insurance coverage, disability insurance coverage paperwork, and out-of-pocket medical costs.

” ‘What we see every day in our online community, and through this campaign, is that patients don’t discuss fully with their doctors the financial toll of [their] disease,’ said John Novack, Inspire’s communications director. ‘Many patients seem reluctant to bring it up at all … yet it’s a very real hardship and it certainly affects their quality of life.’ ” Lisa Zamosky,  Healthcare too costly? Don’t fear telling your doctor – LA Times.



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...