A complete workers comp price list from North Carolina

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A complete workers comp price list from North Carolina

Wonk alert! Anyone who knows us knows how much we love price lists. Here’s a new one: It’s a site that gives access to a full workers comp price list for North Carolina, called the “N.C. Industrial Commission Medical Fee Schedule.” You can download a spreadsheet that has the prices for workers comp settlements for […]

How much does an ultrasound cost? She saved $75.

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How much does an ultrasound cost? She saved $75.

This share came in recently from an anonymous community member — for an ultrasound of the head and neck, medical billing code 76536, with a charge of $146.91 at Oaks Radiology in Phoenixville, Pa., The comment: “Paoli Hospital quoted about $1000 without insurance, 40% discount if you pay cash up front, $221.77 with [Independence Blue […]

1,495 Americans describe the financial reality of being really sick: The New York Times

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1,495 Americans describe the financial reality of being really sick: The New York Times

“The whole point of health insurance is protection from financial ruin in case of catastrophic, costly health problems,” Margot Sanger-Katz writes over at The New York Times. “But a recent survey of people facing such problems shows that it often fails in that basic function. The survey, of some of the country’s most seriously ill […]

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 […]

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 […]

Misleading insurance company paperwork, Chapter 436

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Misleading insurance company paperwork, Chapter 436

Is it a payment or an adjustment? Wait, it’s both! This bill for a colonoscopy clearly identifies the sum of $722.13 as both a payment and an adjustment. The vertical “payments” column is quite clear. Just as clearly, there was no payment at all, judging from the horizontal selection. We have seen a lot of insurance […]