How much does an X-ray of the spine cost? For this woman, $351.41

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How much does an X-ray of the spine cost? For this woman, $351.41

It was a crazy expensive X-ray price, shared by a community member – a $415 charge for an X-ray of the spine, “Lumbosacral, Complete, W Oblique Views,” (CPT code 72110). The insurer paid $351.41, she told us. We have documented X-ray prices from $20 to $988, and we’re always interested in the topic — they’re […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) antibody tests: Do you really want one? Think hard about it. Maybe not.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) antibody tests: Do you really want one? Think hard about it. Maybe not.

(Updated) Coronavirus testing: It has long been hard to get. Now suddenly in the New York area, tests are freely available. The test will tell me truly if I have had coronavirus and am therefore immune, right? Or if I was exposed to the virus and magically skipped through, with few symptoms? The expert opinions […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and medicine: A New York surgeon tells us what his profession is like now

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and medicine: A New York surgeon tells us what his profession is like now

What’s it like to be a doctor in the middle of the pandemic? I had a chance not long ago to talk with a New York surgeon about his experiences, on the condition that we would not use his name. Here’s a transcript of our conversation, edited for length and clarity.  This is intended to […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) plasma donation: I started the process. Here’s how it works.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) plasma donation: I started the process. Here’s how it works.

I volunteered to donate plasma to help coronavirus (Covid-19) patients, because I tested positive for coronavirus antibodies. I registered to donate at several places (see full list of opportunities here). Yesterday was my first visit to a donation site. I went to Stony Brook University Medical Center’s outpatient location in Stony Brook, N.Y. The wait […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) antibody testing: A visit to CityMD Urgent Care for tests

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) antibody testing: A visit to CityMD Urgent Care for tests

By JEANNE PINDER and PHOEBE PINDER We went to CityMD Urgent Care in Mamaroneck, N.Y., just north of New York City, on May 10, Mother’s Day morning, to get coronavirus (Covid-10) antibody testing. They told us on the phone to walk in with insurance card and ID. We would be screened and tested on the […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) plasma donation and other studies

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) plasma donation and other studies

Coronavirus (Covid-19) antibody testing has exploded in the New York area and across the nation. With that new testing, people are getting new opportunities to donate plasma for Covid-19 patients, or to take part in other studies. Here are some resources: Guidelines from the FDA on such studies Recommendations to health care providers and investigators […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19): I tested positive. Here’s what happened.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19): I tested positive. Here’s what happened.

I tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19). I was tested via the antibody (serological) test program run by New York State on Saturday, April 25, at the Co-op City pop-up site in The Bronx. These tests use a bit of blood to check for presence of antibodies to coronavirus, which demonstrate that you have been exposed. […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) antibody testing: How does it work? I did it, and I’ll tell you what it was like.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) antibody testing: How does it work? I did it, and I’ll tell you what it was like.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) antibody testing: What’s it like? I did it, and I’m here to tell you about it. I went to a Stop and Shop grocery store parking lot on a sunny Saturday afternoon, April 25, to get tested. The parking lot is in the Bay Plaza Shopping center at 2136 Bartow Ave., in The […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) tests and the F.D.A.: How does approval work?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) tests and the F.D.A.: How does approval work?

Coronavirus (Covid-19) testing accuracy is coming to the fore as a topic of discussion and the subject of public health policy around the world. With this conversation, we became really interested in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval process. If it’s FDA-approved, it must be good to go, right? Wait, not so fast. Our […]