The price of birth control: How much do those pills cost?

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The price of birth control: How much do those pills cost?

Here at ClearHealthCosts.com, we do a lot of thinking about the price tag that comes along with health care. For women, birth control is a big part of that. About 37.2 million women between the ages of 15 and 44 practice some kind of contraception, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Around 28 percent them, or 10.7 […]

Ways to save, Part 4: Aren’t medical prices regulated?

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Ways to save, Part 4: Aren’t medical prices regulated?

As part of our mission to help you save money by beating back your health-care costs, we’re running a series  giving practical consumer advice about the marketplace. Here’s the first post about saving money (we suggest that you always ask the price in advance); here’s the second (even in an emergency, ask!);  and

Checkup: Less surgery, more fraud, higher costs

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Checkup: Less surgery, more fraud, higher costs

Less money for surgery: “HCA Holdings, the biggest for-profit hospital chain in the U.S., reported lower earnings than expected Monday. And one of the reasons might surprise you: some people appear to be forgoing surgery, in part, because of hard economic times. When the company looked at surgical admissions hospital by hospital, it found they declined 1.6 […]

Health-care costs: Uninsured, then an employer

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Health-care costs: Uninsured, then an employer

We’re inviting people to share their stories of the health-care marketplace. Here’s one, as told to Juliet Linderman. (While we seem to be writing a lot about insurance lately, this site is generally about price transparency — and of course, insurance and price transparency have a lot of overlap.) For previous ones, click here and […]

Checkup: Costs of cardiology, insurance, cancer, drugs

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Checkup: Costs of cardiology, insurance, cancer, drugs

Costs of cardiology: “If you ever want a reason to question your cardiologist very closely when he or she recommends you undergo an angiogram, the imaging test that precedes an angioplasty or stent, read this paper by Grace Lin and Rita Redberg, cardiologists at the University of California, San Francisco. Lin and Redberg conducted three focus groups, where […]

The price of The Pill

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The price of The Pill

The cost of birth-control pills has been top-of-mind lately for us. This is in the morning’s news: “A leading medical advisory panel recommended on Tuesday that all insurers be required to cover contraceptives for women free of charge as one of several preventive services under the new health care law. “Obama administration officials said that […]

Birth control pills: How do you choose?

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Birth control pills: How do you choose?

Things change with the seasons. New shoes. New tunes. New birth control pill. Wait–what? Birth control pills are multi-billion-dollar industry, and, as in many other industries, trends, and prices, shift. We took a look at some data from IMS Health on the most popular birth control pill, and were surprised to see how much it […]

Health-care stories: A $1,200 bill, and no, it’s not covered.

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Health-care stories: A $1,200 bill, and no, it’s not covered.

We’re inviting people to share their stories of the health-care marketplace. Here’s one, as told to Juliet Linderman. While these stories  talk a lot about insurance, this site is generally about price transparency — and of course, insurance and price transparency have a lot of overlap. And if you’re uninsured, you might find creative ways […]

Shopping for insurance, Part 5: How do I decide?

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Shopping for insurance, Part 5: How do I decide?

Looking for affordable, effective health insurance can seem to start with an impenetrable thicket of questions. And even after you’ve made a decision, you might feel that your consumer comparison-shopping radar didn’t save you from a mistake or two. We’re here to help. Welcome to Part 5 of our handbook for people who are shopping […]