Ways to save, Part 4: Aren’t medical prices regulated?

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Ways to save, Part 4: Aren’t medical prices regulated?

As part of our mission to help you save money by beating back your health-care costs, we’re running a series  giving practical consumer advice about the marketplace. Here’s the first post about saving money (we suggest that you always ask the price in advance); here’s the second (even in an emergency, ask!);  and ” target=”_blank”>the third […]

Checkup: Less surgery, more fraud, higher costs

Checkup: Less surgery, more fraud, higher costs

Less money for surgery: “HCA Holdings, the biggest for-profit hospital chain in the U.S., reported lower earnings than expected Monday. And one of the reasons might surprise you: some people appear to be forgoing surgery, in part, because of hard economic times. When the company looked at surgical admissions hospital by hospital, it found they declined 1.6 […]

Health-care costs: Uninsured, then an employer

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Health-care costs: Uninsured, then an employer

We’re inviting people to share their stories of the health-care marketplace. Here’s one, as told to Juliet Linderman. (While we seem to be writing a lot about insurance lately, this site is generally about price transparency — and of course, insurance and price transparency have a lot of overlap.) For previous ones, click here and […]

Checkup: Costs of cardiology, insurance, cancer, drugs

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Checkup: Costs of cardiology, insurance, cancer, drugs

Costs of cardiology: “If you ever want a reason to question your cardiologist very closely when he or she recommends you undergo an angiogram, the imaging test that precedes an angioplasty or stent, read this paper by Grace Lin and Rita Redberg, cardiologists at the University of California, San Francisco. Lin and Redberg conducted three focus groups, where […]

Is my birth control covered by insurance?

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Is my birth control covered by insurance?

(Updated 2022) The cost of contraceptives has been top-of-mind lately for us. Women all over the country anxiously await a policy decision as to whether they can get their birth control covered. This is in the morning’s news: “A leading medical advisory panel recommended on Tuesday that all insurers be required to cover contraceptives for women […]

Health-care stories: A $1,200 bill, and no, it’s not covered.

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Health-care stories: A $1,200 bill, and no, it’s not covered.

We’re inviting people to share their stories of the health-care marketplace. Here’s one, as told to Juliet Linderman. While these stories  talk a lot about insurance, this site is generally about price transparency — and of course, insurance and price transparency have a lot of overlap. And if you’re uninsured, you might find creative ways […]

Insuring the uninsured: Study finds multiple benefits

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Insuring the uninsured: Study finds multiple benefits

People with health insurance are happier,  healthier and more financially stable. People without health insurance are more depressed, less healthy and financially stable. These conclusions — from an Oregon study published July 7 by the National Bureau of Economic Research —  may seem obvious. But because of the fraught nature of the debate over health care, it’s […]