The average American spends around $1,000 a year on health care. And then there are the platinum patients. The Atlantic

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The average American spends around $1,000 a year on health care. And then there are the platinum patients. The Atlantic

“Each year, 1 in every 20 Americans racks up just as much in medical bills as another 19 combined,” Andrew McGill writes in The Atlantic, in a piece that documents health spending patterns among Americans. “This critical 5 percent of the U.S. population is key to solving the nation’s health care spending crisis. If you’re […]

Because patient advocacy groups aren’t always what they seem: A quick guide to nonprofit sleuthing from HealthNewsReview.org

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Because patient advocacy groups aren’t always what they seem: A quick guide to nonprofit sleuthing from HealthNewsReview.org

“Journalists shouldn’t take organizations they report on at face value,” Mary Chris Jaklevic writes over at Health News Review, the watchdog organization. “Rather, they should ask who calls the shots and who provides the funding. And they should report findings that call into question a group’s credibility. But as HealthNewsReview.org has repeatedly found, that essential […]

How much insurance deductibles have increased in employer plans: Money

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How much insurance deductibles have increased in employer plans: Money

“Workers with employer-sponsored insurance have seen their deductibles and other out-of-pocket expenses rise at a rate far outpacing increases in wages over the past decade, according to a new analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation,” Alicia Adamczyk writes over at Money magazine. “The report found that the average amount enrollees paid toward their deductible rose […]

Physician survey: Unneeded medical care is common, driven by fear of malpractice

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Physician survey: Unneeded medical care is common, driven by fear of malpractice

“A new national survey of more than 2,000 physicians across multiple specialties finds that physicians believe overtreatment is common and mostly perpetuated by fear of malpractice, as well as patient demand and some profit motives,” a release on Insurance NewsNet tells us. “A report on the findings, published in PLOS ONE, highlights physicians’ perspectives on […]

‘The Internet hates secrets’: ClearHealthCosts works with newsrooms to bring health costs out of hiding: Nieman Journalism Lab

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‘The Internet hates secrets’: ClearHealthCosts works with newsrooms to bring health costs out of hiding: Nieman Journalism Lab

“’The voicemails would make you want to cry,’” Laura Hazard Owen writes about us over at NiemanLab, the future-of-journalism site at Harvard University. “When New Orleans’ WVUE Fox 8 News invited viewers to get in touch and share their healthcare costs, they weren’t sure what kind of response they’d receive. Would people be willing to […]

Philadelphia, here we come: New journalism initiative

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Philadelphia, here we come: New journalism initiative

We’re elated to announce that ClearHealthCosts will be working with the Philadelphia Media Network under the Lenfest Institute’s first funding round for innovation in journalism, to spread health cost transparency  to the Philadelphia metro area. We’ll use shoe-leather reporting, crowdsourcing, data journalism and other tools to tell people what stuff costs with the Philadelphia Media Network — The Philadelphia […]

How much do allergy tests cost? One woman’s reporting

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How much do allergy tests cost? One woman’s reporting

A friend said recently that she needed to get allergy tests in the New York area, but she wasn’t certain they would be covered under her insurance. She was planning to make inquiries, and I asked her to keep notes. I told her I’d post them without using her name. She writes: I’ve gotten around to culling […]

Don’t yelp your doctor. Study finds quality ratings are all wrong: Bloomberg

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Don’t yelp your doctor. Study finds quality ratings are all wrong: Bloomberg

“If you’re looking for the best doctor, online ratings are unlikely to be much help,” Zachary Tracer writes over at Bloomberg. “That’s the determination of researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, who compared reviews of 78 of the medical center’s specialists on five popular ratings sites with a set of internal quality measures […]