When $625 = $2,450 = $450

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Cancer patients have a terrible disease — and then terrible billing problems, as we’ve written before here and here. Here’s another horror story, when $625 = $2,450 = $450, as described by a cancer patient in Florida, talking about her  charges for an MRI and a biopsy treatment, and the ensuing bills. “The woman who […]

Changing the way we pay: An A.M.A. journal prediction

“It is my belief that we are headed towards a health system that reimburses based on global capitation,” writes Randy Wexler, M.D., M.P.H. , on virtualmentor.org, a site of the American Medical Association. “Such a change allows the government and others to better estimate expenditures and places responsibility (risk) for cost on providers; the primary […]

For Portland, a new medical model

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

A new entrant in the transparency marketplace is Sprig Health in Portland, Ore. Sprig’s Web site lets patients book appointments (a la ZocDoc) and also pay up front, at rates that are sometimes startlingly low to those of us who follow prices (and sometimes startlingly high). “Sprig Health offers discounted rates through a highly efficient […]

Getting a price quote ahead of surgery

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

“How much should a knee replacement cost?” It’s a topic Dr. Blair Rhode writes about on an orthopedic surgery web site, about bringing a retail method to medical pricing. “If an uninsured patient went to a local hospital and asked to pay cash for a knee replacement, they would likely be quoted a number close to […]

Want to find out health costs? Good luck!

  Meaningful information about health-care prices is difficult for consumers to obtain, the Government Accounting Office has discovered in a report just made public. The GAO report found a number of anomalies: “when GAO contacted physicians’ offices to obtain information on the price of a diabetes screening, several representatives said the patient needs to be […]

How much does a colonoscopy cost? Another view…

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How much does a colonoscopy cost? Another view…

How much does a colonoscopy cost? We’ve written about this before several times, here and here; Here’s an interesting story about how a person’s plans can diverge from a provider’s plans. Here are a few paragraphs  from an excellent piece by Doug Thompson on iHealthBeat.com, a service of the California HealthCare Foundation, on Thompson’s colonoscopy […]