How much does a mammogram cost? Our survey with WNYC: $0 to $2,786.95!

Summary: Women and their insurance companies are paying wildly varying prices for mammograms, and doctors and clinics are charging wildly varying prices, we found in our crowdsourcing project with the Brian Lehrer show on WNYC. Read on to learn more and hear some horror stories, or… CLICK HERE FOR PRICES    

Drug price information: What did Medicare pay?

Filed Under: Costs, Providers, Regulators

We get excited about price information over here at Clearhealthcosts.com, and we like to share our wonky excitement with you. Here’s a site where Medicare’s prices for drugs covered under Part B of Medicare are collected. The current data set is from April 2013. Chemotherapy drugs, vaccines, steroids, antibiotics, vitamins, painkillers and the like. These […]

That mammogram we wanted you to pay for? You can’t pay for it.

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Our friend who was  ordered to get a second mammogram, which was not covered by insurance, wrote to us again (if you missed it, here’s her first post.)  The day of my second mammogram coincided with news of Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy.  I was convinced I had breast cancer. I had been told that I needed […]

How much does a knee replacement cost? A question from an NJ Transit bus

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

An ad for surgery on the side of a bus is guaranteed to get my attention. So this ad for “custom knee replacement” at the Raritan Bay Medical Center was definitely of interest. I called the hospital to ask what that means, and what it would cost. The customization comes, according to Maryann Finney, assistant director […]

How much does a back brace cost? How much does an Aircast cost?

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

How much does a back brace cost? And how much does an Aircast cost? A friend writes: “Shoveling our voluminous heavy snow wreaked my lower back to new lows and, during an annual physical exam, my doc showed me a sample lumbar support (called back brace in the medical equipment world) that a rep left […]

How much does having a baby cost in the U.S.? Medscape reports

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

  “The study found that among women and newborns with employer-provided commercial health insurance, average total charges for care with vaginal and cesarean births were $32,093 and $51,125, respectively. Average total Commercial insurer payments for all maternal and newborn care with vaginal and cesarean childbirths were $18,329 and $27,866, respectively. In Medicaid, average total maternal […]

No, that mammogram is not covered: an insurance saga

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Our friend who was  ordered to get a second mammogram, which was not covered by insurance, wrote to us again (if you missed it, here’s her first post.) Between insurance? You’ll learn a lot. So, about my quest to find out the price of a second mammogram, because my insurance covers only $600 in testing […]

Will burdening the sickest fix the health-care system? Healthcare Finance News

“Cost sharing, such as higher out-of-pocket expenses, seeks to bring down overall health expenditures by making individuals more careful consumers of healthcare. However, healthcare consumers who are sick or in need of emergency services are rarely in a position to shop around or second-guess the advice of their doctors, said Elise Gould, the Economic Policy Institute’s […]

Buying birth-control pills (and other medications) online and overseas

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

People trying to save money on birth-control pills and other medications may look at online pharmacies — or at buying overseas (or across the border). Online pharmacies — to use, or not to use? We thought online pharmacies might be an important player. But most of the women we spoke with about buying birth-control pills […]