How much does Viagra cost? How much does generic Viagra cost? $1, $3, $40 or $80?

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How much does Viagra cost? How much does generic Viagra cost? $1, $3, $40 or $80?

The phone rang, and the caller had an important message: People are being asked to pay high prices for generic Viagra, the erectile dysfunction drug, which has gone off patent and is available in generic form. The differences can be startling, the caller said: $3 a pill or $40? (I’m not naming the caller, who […]

Despite red flags at surgery centers, overseers award gold seals: Kaiser Health News

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Despite red flags at surgery centers, overseers award gold seals: Kaiser Health News

“At his surgery center near San Diego, Rodney Davis wore scrubs, was referred to as ‘Dr. Rod’ and carried the title of director of surgery,” Christina Jewett writes over at Kaiser Health News, in another troubling piece about flaws in accreditation. “But he was a physician assistant, not a doctor, who anesthetized patients and performed […]

Pharma chief defends 400% drug price rise as a ‘moral requirement’: The Financial Times

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Pharma chief defends 400% drug price rise as a ‘moral requirement’: The Financial Times

“A pharma executive has defended his decision to raise the price of an antibiotic mixture to more than $2,000 a bottle, arguing there was a ‘moral requirement to sell the product at the highest price,’” David Crow writes over at The Financial Times. “Last month, Nostrum Laboratories, a small Missouri-based drugmaker, more than quadrupled the […]

Kaiser health tracking poll: The election, pre-existing conditions and surprises on medical bills

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Kaiser health tracking poll: The election, pre-existing conditions and surprises on medical bills

“The latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds recent political events weighing heavy on the minds of voters when it comes to the 2018 midterm elections,” Bryan Wu, Cailey Muñana, and Mollyann Brodie write over at KFF.org. (The chart here shows who the respondents feel is to blame for high health costs.) “Three in ten voters […]

How much does Luzu cost? Athlete’s foot cures from $3.99 to $432

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How much does Luzu cost? Athlete’s foot cures from $3.99 to $432

“Ever hear of a drug called Luzu? For athlete’s foot?” The conversation started in the gym, where a woman who knows I do health care costs had a story to tell. I said, “I bet you’re going to tell me it’s really expensive,” She said “Yep.” What happened: Her podiatrist recommended this medication for athlete’s […]

My uterus costs more than a Porsche: HuffPost

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My uterus costs more than a Porsche: HuffPost

“No, I’m not ovary-acting,” Leena Kulkarni writes over at Huffpost.  “After an abnormal Pap smear recently, I found myself in need of a colposcopy ― a fairly routine procedure in which doctors use binoculars to search for abnormal cells in the cervix.   After visually inspecting my goods, my OBGYN quelled my fears. Everything looked […]

When a doctor’s recommendation turns into $2,380 in bills, or how much does an MRI cost?

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When a doctor’s recommendation turns into $2,380 in bills, or how much does an MRI cost?

A community member shared with us the bare bones of a story: Two MRI bills at an imaging center in Scarborough, Maine, resulted in a bill for $2,380. “Doctor advised ‘spinal MRI’,  no indication given that procedure would be expensive or be billed separately for thoracic and lumbar regions of the spine,” wrote the community […]

Nonprofit hospital surpluses raise questions for patients, especially those struggling with medical bills: lancasteronline.com

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Nonprofit hospital surpluses raise questions for patients, especially those struggling with medical bills: lancasteronline.com

“A recent report by Pennsylvania’s health care industry watchdog shows that most of the hospitals frequented by Lancaster County residents take in significantly more money than industry experts say is necessary to maintain stable operations,” The Lancaster Online editorial board wrote recently. “As staff writer Heather Stauffer reported in the Money section of the July […]

How much does a hysterectomy cost? $125,000 or $7,700?

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How much does a hysterectomy cost? $125,000 or $7,700?

How much does a hysterectomy cost? Depends on the kind of hysterectomy, of course, and where it takes place. A community member sent in the bill here from a procedure in a Pasadena hospital. Total charges weere $125,585.84, insurance company writedown of $107,674.84. The insurer paid $13,607.52, and the patient was responsible for $4,303.48. Here’s […]