Hospital finances are stronger than ever, California doctor says

Hospital finances are stronger than ever, California doctor says

By David Belk, M.D. David Belk, a California doctor, has an interest in pricing and has researched and written on this topic for The Huffington Post and at his own site, TrueCostOfHealthCare.org. He sent this via email the other day, and I asked if I could repost it. The next time hospitals tell you they’re […]

LabCorp program offers discounted fees on lab tests for uninsured people or cash patients

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

LabCorp program offers discounted fees on lab tests for uninsured people or cash patients

LabCorp, the national lab test chain, has a program called “LabAccess Partnership program,” with discounted fees on a menu of routine clinical tests for patients who are uninsured or whose health care benefits do not cover clinical laboratory testing. Other payment options separate from private insurance, Medicare or Medicaid, Labcorp says on its site, include […]

Under 1% of patients use this trick to save hundreds on medical bills: We’re featured on CNBC

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Under 1% of patients use this trick to save hundreds on medical bills: We’re featured on CNBC

“Last summer, I had one of those ‘$400 emergencies,’ except in my case it could have been a four-figure emergency, and a potentially life-threatening one to boot,” Ester Bloom writes over at CNBC, in a piece about shopping for health care that features us. “A primary care physician found a lump and sent me to […]

What to know before you buy short-term health insurance: The New York Times

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What to know before you buy short-term health insurance: The New York Times

“The Trump administration has just completed rules that will allow people to shop for a new kind of health insurance,” Margot Sanger-Katz writes over at The New York Times. “So-called short-term plans will be offered for relatively long periods — just under a year at a time, with renewals for up to 36 months — […]

Hey there, UnitedHealthCare! Can we help you figure out how much a sleep study costs?

Hey there, UnitedHealthCare! Can we help you figure out how much a sleep study costs?

We’re always interested in seeing who’s visiting. Today, someone from UnitedHealthCare in Plymouth, Minn., spent 6 minutes reading our post about how much a sleep study costs. Here’s a screenshot from our Clicky analytics panel. We’re happy to be providing such valuable services to the insurance industry! It’s also clear that they found us by […]

When insurers drop medications for cheap alternatives, the effects can be devastating for some patients: Philly.com

When insurers drop medications for cheap alternatives, the effects can be devastating for some patients: Philly.com

“Splashing around in the pool, skin slick with sunscreen, Shane Butcher was a normal 9-year-old kid on a perfect summer day. And then he wasn’t,” Sarah Gantz writes over at The Philadelphia Inquirer. “He floated toward the edge of the pool, energy suddenly replaced by a vacant expression, his blood sugar plummeting so low he […]

Doctors, hospitals sue patients posting negative online comments: USA Today

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Doctors, hospitals sue patients posting negative online comments: USA Today

“Retired Air Force colonel David Antoon agreed to pay $100 to settle what were once felony charges for emailing his former Cleveland Clinic surgeon articles the doctor found threatening and posting a list on Yelp of all the surgeries the urologist had scheduled at the same time as the one that left Antoon incontinent and impotent a decade ago,” […]

Health insurers are vacuuming up details about you: ProPublica

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Health insurers are vacuuming up details about you: ProPublica

“To an outsider, the fancy booths at last month’s health insurance industry gathering in San Diego aren’t very compelling,” Marshall Allen writes over at ProPublica, in a story jointly published with NPR. “A handful of companies pitching ‘lifestyle’ data and salespeople touting jargony phrases like ‘social determinants of health.’ But dig deeper and the implications […]

Texans missing or delaying needed treatment because health costs too high: Houston Chronicle

Texans missing or delaying needed treatment because health costs too high: Houston Chronicle

“Six in 10 Texans say someone in their household has recently skipped or postponed needed health care and medication because the cost is now out of reach, according to a new national study,” Jenny Deam writes over at The Houston Chronicle. “Rising costs also mean Texans, even those with insurance, struggle significantly to pay the […]

Most in U.S. say high costs of medical treatments are a big problem: Pew Research Center

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Most in U.S. say high costs of medical treatments are a big problem: Pew Research Center

“Americans have mixed assessments about the overall value of medical treatments today, even while a strong majority says science has generally improved the quality of U.S. health care, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey,” write Isadora Milanez and Mark Strauss on the Pew Research blog. “At the same time, a substantial majority considers […]