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

(Updated 2022) Looks like the Boston-New York rivalry is back, in a different form: this time, it’s over the cost 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 […]

What you need to know about getting your IUD removed

What you need to know about getting your IUD removed

(Updated 2022) There’s no question about it: IUD’s are making a comeback in a big way. But we wanted to know how easy it was to have an IUD removed. Though roughly 5.5 per cent of women using contraception choose the IUD as opposed to 28 percent using birth control pills, IUD’s — intrauterine devices […]

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 […]

Generic birth-control pills: $4 or $10? Or $9? Or $50?

Generic birth-control pills: $4 or $10? Or $9? Or $50?

(Updated 2022) The marketplace for birth-control pills is pretty interesting, and it seems to change by the day. A woman we know who takes Ortho Tricyclen Lo got this letter  not long ago from her insurance company, encouraging her to stop taking the brand-name pill (for which she has a $50-a-month copay) and to instead […]

Paying for the pill: The ongoing birth control debate

Paying for the pill: The ongoing birth control debate

(Updated 2022) A roundup of opinions from the Web on the HHS ruling that insurers must cover birth control:   Planned Parenthood’s Bollywood video: The Planned Parenthood video supporting the HHS decision has gone viral.   Steven Colbert objects to objections: The birth-control decision is the end to humanity as we know it.  And what […]

Paying for birth control: How much do those pills cost?

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Paying for birth control: How much do those pills cost?

(Updated 2022) Here at ClearHealthCosts, 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, […]

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 ” target=”_blank”>the third […]

Checkup: Less surgery, more fraud, higher costs

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 […]