Around the Web: M.D. ratings, varied care, rising costs

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Around the Web: M.D. ratings, varied care, rising costs

The best piece I’ve read about doctor ratings sites is on Salon, by Dr. Rahul Parikh. Excerpt: “I recently Googled myself to determine how I fared on sites like Healthgrades, which exclusively rates doctors; and Yelp! and Angie’s List, which grade doctors alongside restaurants and plumbers. The results were inconclusive. Many sites had me listed but not […]

The cost of a mammogram: A Boston-New York rivalry

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

The cost of a mammogram: A Boston-New York rivalry

Looks like the Boston-New York rivalry is back, in a different form: this time, it’s over the price of a mammogram. Mammogram prices ranging from $500 to around $900 were quoted to Martha Bebinger, a reporter at WBUR, the NPR station in Boston. She wrote an article about costs of a mammogram  for the the new HealthCareSavvy community over at […]

Costs of cancer treatment: A reader’s story

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Costs of cancer treatment: A reader’s story

It’s an inspiring story: She has cancer. She was denied coverage for treatment by her insurance company, and she fought the decision — and won. One of our readers, Mary Schnack, told us her story about pain and triumph in the health-care system. She’s our heroine! “I have had endometrial stromal sarcoma (ESS) eight times […]