A reader’s victory on facility fees: She saved more than $300, or how to argue a bill

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A reader’s victory on facility fees: She saved more than $300, or how to argue a bill

A comment came in on one of our “facility fee” posts, explaining this mysterious charge, imposed by hospitals on top of a bill for medical treatment if a patient visits one of their facilities: “As of today, Jan. 30, 2019, this is still happening at Tulane Sports. I received a bill for $153.00 facility fee. […]

A spider bite, and $4,348.44 dollars later: ‘I don’t have the willpower to argue any of it’

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A spider bite, and $4,348.44 dollars later: ‘I don’t have the willpower to argue any of it’

The share from the community member looked ominous: An IV, which usually means an emergency room. PROCEDURE: 96365 Ther/proph/diag iv inf init PRICES: CHARGED: 1200.0 INSURED: 0.0 PAID: 1200.0 HOSPITAL: Mount Sinai Beth Israel INSURER: Cigna OTHER INSURER: An employer I asked: Thanks for your share on ClearHealthCosts! We might want to write about this. […]

How much does an MRI cost, $350 or $1,000? He told the billing department the price was too high, and they dropped it

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How much does an MRI cost, $350 or $1,000? He told the billing department the price was too high, and they dropped it

Who knew? When you tell the woman in billing department the price is too high, maybe she’ll drop it for you. The community member shared on our partner’s site about an MRI in Westlake Village, near Los Angeles — and we learned that when he told the office person he was not going to have […]

Quebec family stopped at border with body in vehicle, seeking to avoid U.S. health charges: Toronto Sun

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Quebec family stopped at border with body in vehicle, seeking to avoid U.S. health charges: Toronto Sun

“The words ‘what do you have to declare?’ took on a bizarre meaning at a Canada-U.S. border crossing on Sunday,” Brad Hunter writes over at The Toronto Sun. “For a Quebec family, the answer was grandpa. TVA reports that around 2:30 a.m., a mother and her son returning from Florida arrived at the crossing at […]

A kid has chest pain, and $10,000 later … here’s the bill

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A kid has chest pain, and $10,000 later … here’s the bill

A friend writes: Recently saw Jeanne’s superb TED talk.. and was instantly inspired to share our recent ER experience. Please see attached the bill we got for a visit to the NYU Langone Cobble Hill ER in November for my 14-year-old son who was having severe chest pains and racing pulse ( turned out nothing […]

How much does Remicade cost? The true cost of Crohn’s disease

How much does Remicade cost? The true cost of Crohn’s disease

By ERIN BRICKER (Editor’s note: Erin Bricker reached out to us via our interactive software to talk about health costs, and we struck up a conversation. I asked her to write about her experiences, and she agreed, in the hope that someone else would benefit from her knowledge.) In the last 20 years or so, […]

How much does a breast ultrasound cost, $95.81 or $800? A breast biopsy, $700 or $2,500?

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How much does a breast ultrasound cost, $95.81 or $800? A breast biopsy, $700 or $2,500?

A commenter over on my TED talk page wanted me to know how easy it is for people to find out prices in advance — in short, saying that anybody who wants a price will have no trouble finding it. At about the same time, this arrived in my inbox, so I asked the writer […]

Our CEO’s TED talk is live at TED.com

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Our CEO’s TED talk is live at TED.com

Our CEO, Jeanne Pinder, gave a TED talk at the TED residency in the autumn of 2019 that is a hit on TED.com Pinder was part of a residency class of 21 changemakers who all gave talks in December. Pinder’s talk was featured on the front page of TED.com from Feb. 20 to Feb. 22. […]