How having health insurance spiked her hospital bill by $400: Philly.com

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

How having health insurance spiked her hospital bill by $400: Philly.com

“It was 2 in the morning when Annette Alexander rushed her daughter Cherie to Abington-Lansdale Hospital with throbbing head pain,” Sarah Gantz writes over at partner philly.com. “The 24-year-old’s two-hour visit for what turned out to be a migraine headache led to a bill of $1,642. But in her haste, Alexander had left the family’s […]

Can Doctors Choose Between Saving Lives and Saving a Fortune? The New York Times

Can Doctors Choose Between Saving Lives and Saving a Fortune? The New York Times

“To understand something about the spiraling cost of health care in the United States, we might begin with a typical conundrum: Imagine a 60-something man — a nonsmoker, overweight, with diabetes — who has just survived a heart attack,” Siddhartha Mukherjee writes over at The New York Times. “Perhaps he had an angioplasty, with the […]

California sues hospital network over high health costs: The Hill

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

California sues hospital network over high health costs: The Hill

“California on Friday sued one of the largest hospitals in the state for ‘anticompetitive practices’ that increase health care costs,” Jessie Hellmann writes at The Hill.  “California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) alleges Sutter Health has used its power to exclude competition and increase prices for patients substantially.  ‘Sutter Health is throwing its weight around in the […]

His insurer approved an MRI, then denied it. He forked out $2,340 in cash: Philly.com

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

His insurer approved an MRI, then denied it. He forked out $2,340 in cash: Philly.com

“Pelvic pain had dogged Keith Morgan for years, unresolved by stretching, hot baths, and other therapies recommended at various doctor visits over the last two decades,” Sarah Gantz writes over at our partner, Philly.com. “So when the issue flared up last August, the 56-year-old Montgomery County resident wanted to get to the bottom of it […]

How much is a facility fee? Facility Fees 101, or what you need to know

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

How much is a facility fee? Facility Fees 101, or what you need to know

We have heard a lot of questions and a lot of anguish lately about facility fees, which are charged by hospitals and other institutions for the use of their, well, facilities. Here’s a roundup of what we know about this topic. What is a facility fee? Hospitals often charge a facility fee on top of […]

Bill of the month — $1,496 Kerydin prescription was a costly surprise : Shots, NPR

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Bill of the month — $1,496 Kerydin prescription was a costly surprise : Shots, NPR

“When Anne Soloviev, a retiree who lives in Washington, D.C., received a prescription to treat toenail fungus, she never thought to ask how much the medicine cost,” writes Shefali Luthra over at NPR. Cheryl Diaz Meyer for KHN “When Anne Soloviev went to Braun Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center in Washington, D.C., for her semiannual […]

CORRECTION: Drive from Pennsylvania to New Jersey; save thousands on health care

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

CORRECTION:  Drive from Pennsylvania to New Jersey; save thousands on health care

[Editor’s note: We originally titled this “Drive from Pennsylvania to New Jersey; save thousands on health care.” After we posted, we were told that the law noted here applies only to New Jersey residents, so the headline and other parts of the post were wrong. We’ve edited the post to reflect the language in the […]

How much does a CT scan cost? He saved $2,010 on a UTI test. Here’s how to successfully argue a bill.

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

How much does a CT scan cost? He saved $2,010 on a UTI test. Here’s how to successfully argue a bill.

Three people shared CT scan prices here recently — one in Montana, for a  CT scan of abdomen and pelvis  that was charged at $2,956, when insurance paid $295.60 and the person paid $2,660.40. One-word comment: “Robbery.” (The Current Procedural Terminology or CPT code was 74176, scan without dye.) A second person shared the same thing […]

Electronic Health Records Were Supposed to Cut Medical Costs. They Haven’t: Harvard Business School blog

Electronic Health Records Were Supposed to Cut Medical Costs. They Haven’t: Harvard Business School blog

“Despite the promise that electronic health records would cut billing costs, savings have yet to materialize, according to a major new study by researchers at Harvard Business School and Duke University,” Roberta Holland writes on the Harvard Business School “Working Knowledge” blog. “’The theory was that part of having electronic records was to lower the […]

Bait and switch, or how your employer passed health costs on to you: Peter Ubel

Bait and switch, or how your employer passed health costs on to you: Peter Ubel

“If you get health insurance through your job, beware: you might be picking up more of the cost of your medical care than you realize,” Peter Ubel of Duke writes over on Forbes. “With increasing frequency, employers are directing their workers to the kind of high deductible, high out-of-pocket insurance plans that leave workers financially responsible for […]