Our CEO’s TED talk is live at TED.com

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Our CEO’s TED talk is live at TED.com

Our CEO, Jeanne Pinder, gave a TED talk at the TED residency in the autumn of 2019 that is a hit on TED.com Pinder was part of a residency class of 21 changemakers who all gave talks in December. Pinder’s talk was featured on the front page of TED.com from Feb. 20 to Feb. 22. […]

Join our Patreon community

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Join our Patreon community

Join our community at Patreon! We’ve launched a Patreon crowdfunding page. Our supporters join our community by giving us regular subscription-type support on an ongoing basis, and receive rewards — like patron-only events and our newsletter. Also, our supporters get the satisfaction of helping us flourish and help people — and work to change the system. […]

How much do Focalin and Adderall cost? When patients have to ‘fail’ treatments to get the right meds

How much do Focalin and Adderall cost? When patients have to ‘fail’ treatments to get the right meds

“Step therapy” is the seemingly innocuous name that insurance companies give to the practice of insisting that patients try and fail treatment on less expensive drugs before moving on to more expensive ones. A friend writes: As a parent of two children diagnosed several years ago with ADHD, I have come to find that there […]

Rationing of Health Care in the United States An Inevitable Consequence of Increasing Health Care Costs

Rationing of Health Care in the United States An Inevitable Consequence of Increasing Health Care Costs

“The modern era of medicine began in the 1960s. Health care coverage expanded with the passage of Medicare and Medicaid and the increasing availability of employee-based health insurance. Scientific and clinical advances began to occur at a far more rapid pace. Physicians became more specialized and began to focus on acute care dominated by cardiovascular […]

Must read: Wendell Potter at Tarbell.org

Must read: Wendell Potter at Tarbell.org

If you’re interested in health care, you must read Wendell Potter over at Tarbell.org. Potter is a former health care industry public relations executive; he left the industry and has started Tarbell.org, an investigative news site. Here’s one example of Wendell’s work: “How corporate health interests, nervous about their profits, are trying to scare you.” […]

The price of childbirth: If you don’t pay our global billing deposit, we won’t treat you

The price of childbirth: If you don’t pay our global billing deposit, we won’t treat you

A friend writes: Here is my situation. I have a high deductible health plan with Cigna that doesn’t pick up until I meet the deductible. That deductible in any year is $3,000. Right now none of my prenatal care is covered because I have not met my deductible. It’s all out of pocket but everything […]

It’s not just the uninsured — it’s also the cost of health care – Axios

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It’s not just the uninsured — it’s also the cost of health care – Axios

“We still have an uninsured problem in the U.S., but we have a far broader health care affordability problem that hits sick people especially hard,” Drew Altman writes over at Axios. “Why it matters: It’s time to think more broadly about who’s having trouble paying for the health care they need. The combination of lack […]

How much does kidney stone removal (lithotripsy) cost? One man’s surgery shopping experience

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How much does kidney stone removal (lithotripsy) cost? One man’s surgery shopping experience

A community member shared several prices for kidney stone treatment via our site. I asked him what was up, and we started a conversation. This is what resulted. Let’s call him Michael from the Louisville, Ky., area. Before we start, though, I want to note that a system requiring someone like Michael to go to […]

‘Hospitals’ confusing online price lists give patients a headache’: Us, on CBS News

‘Hospitals’ confusing online price lists give patients a headache’: Us, on CBS News

We were featured on CBS Evening News on Jan. 21, 2019, talking about the new Medicare ruling that hospitals need to publicize their list prices starting Jan. 1, 2019. Here’s the CBS Evening News version, “Hospitals’ confusing online price lists give patients a headache,” with correspondent Anna Werner. Here’s the CBS This Morning version, “Are […]

Medicare head asks Twitter to help enforce price transparency policy

Medicare head asks Twitter to help enforce price transparency policy

Seema Verma, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services, called on Twitter a few days ago to help her enforce a new rule on health price transparency. The rule requires hospitals to post their list prices online. It went into effect on Jan. 1, and there was scant information about how it […]