High deductible, high costs: How much does a prostate biopsy cost?

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

We got this note from a friend: “I am a small business owner, both employer and employee. The employee in me pines for my old health insurance plan. The deductible was low enough that it was always met. The in-network co-pays were fixed and affordable. My costs were my costs no matter what doctors billed […]

Hmm. The price: $12.10 without insurance, $38 with.

Summary: A friend writes: In July, a close friend of mine celebrated his 65th birthday. My friend, who I’ll call Howard, spent the weeks leading up to his birthday reviewing his options for Medicare enrollment, carefully picking the plans that made most sense for him: a Part A plan for hospitalizations; a Part B plan […]

Overhauling the system: Rising costs and consumer-driven care

An overhaul of  the health-care system much bigger than what’s been described so far is necessary, writes Robert Samuelson in The Washington Post. “What propels U.S. health spending upward? The …  answer comes in two parts: steep prices and abundant provision of some expensive services. In 2007, an appendectomy cost $7,962 in the United States, […]

A walk-in visit: Urgent Care Manhattan

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

A walk-in visit: Urgent Care Manhattan

When two former emergency room doctors decided to start up a walk-in clinic, they were looking for a change from the hustle of the hospital setting. “We realized we could have a kinder, gentler, nicer way to take care of patients,” said Urgent Care Manhattan co-founder Dr. Mark Melrose. Urgent Care Manhattan has been open […]

How much does an MRI cost? 7 U.S. databases that can help

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Price lists for medical treatment are just about our favorite thing over here at ClearHealthCosts. We think people should be able to know what stuff costs in health care, and anything that sheds light on that — however fragmentary or imperfect — is good, as far as we’re concerned. We’ve collected some resources, and are […]

When $625 = $2,450 = $450

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Cancer patients have a terrible disease — and then terrible billing problems, as we’ve written before here and here. Here’s another horror story, when $625 = $2,450 = $450, as described by a cancer patient in Florida, talking about her  charges for an MRI and a biopsy treatment, and the ensuing bills. “The woman who […]

Changing the way we pay: An A.M.A. journal prediction

“It is my belief that we are headed towards a health system that reimburses based on global capitation,” writes Randy Wexler, M.D., M.P.H. , on virtualmentor.org, a site of the American Medical Association. “Such a change allows the government and others to better estimate expenditures and places responsibility (risk) for cost on providers; the primary […]