Hospital mergers across US have raised health care prices. Now, another is pending in Maine: Bangor Daily News

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Hospital mergers across US have raised health care prices. Now, another is pending in Maine: Bangor Daily News

“Size matters when it comes to health care. Just ask the leaders of Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft, who have been forging ahead with a deal that they say is critical for the long-term survival of their 25-bed facility,” Charles Eichacker writes in the Bangor Daily News. “They are close to becoming the 10th hospital […]

Health Spending Grew Modestly, New Analysis Finds: The New York Times

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Health Spending Grew Modestly, New Analysis Finds: The New York Times

“The burdensome costs of medical care, prescription drugs and health insurance have become dominant issues in the 2020 presidential campaign,” Abby Goodnough and Margot Sanger-Katz write in The New York Times. “But a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services shows the nation remains in a period of relatively slow growth in health […]

How much does mental health care cost? Part 4: Finding affordable psychiatric medications

How much does mental health care cost? Part 4: Finding affordable psychiatric medications

We are an increasingly medicated nation. Between 1996 and 2010, prescription mental health medication fills rose from 150.3 million to 396.7 million. More than half of these prescriptions (207.9 million) were for antidepressants. In fact, between 2008 and 2010, prescriptions for antidepressants rose by more than 20 million. For those who require drugs to treat depression, anxiety, […]

How much does mental health care cost? Part 1 of our series

How much does mental health care cost? Part 1 of our series

(Updated, 2019) One in five adults in the U.S. experience a mental health problem in any given year, yet limited or no mental health insurance prevents more than half of them from receiving treatment. The Affordable Care Act and the Mental Health Parity Law sought to bridge the divide between physical and behavioral health coverage […]

How much does mental health care cost? Part 3: Five Reasons for paying out of pocket

How much does mental health care cost? Part 3: Five Reasons for paying out of pocket

(Updated, 2019) About a third of psychologists in the U.S. do not participate in private insurance plans, according to the American Psychological Association. And many therapists who do take insurance accept a limited number of plans, to avoid the aggravation of haggling with insurance companies. The majority of their patients pay out of pocket and, […]

How much do ostomy supplies cost? $192 or $45? $63.58 or $14? And where can you buy them?

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How much do ostomy supplies cost? $192 or $45? $63.58 or $14? And where can you buy them?

A friend asked me to tell her where to buy ostomy supplies, preferably the Cymed brand — because she had a friend coming to visit, and as a good hostess, knowing her friend, felt that having ostomy supplies was important for comfort. So I did some research. As always, Reddit is an interesting source of […]

Cost of mammograms — when breast exams leave women with unexpected bills: CBS News

Cost of mammograms — when breast exams leave women with unexpected bills: CBS News

“More than 30 million women get mammograms a year. And while many thought they were free and preventative, they ended up with big bills,” Anna Werner, our partner, writes over at CBS News. “The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides for free mammograms every one to two years for women aged 40 and over. But many […]

Our unhealthy addiction to health insurance: A direct primary care doctor’s opinion

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Our unhealthy addiction to health insurance: A direct primary care doctor’s opinion

By JEFFREY GOLD, M.D. Whenever I give a talk about healthcare, I ask the audience, “What is the worst addiction problem we have in the United States?” The answers are typically the same and all are good guesses – alcohol, tobacco, opiates, and sugar are most frequently cited. I agree these are all terrible addictions […]

How much does a brain MRI cost, or the triple whammy: Co-insurance, high deductible and a sick kid

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How much does a brain MRI cost, or the triple whammy: Co-insurance, high deductible and a sick kid

The community member’s report was enough to make you cry. The biggest problem that leaped out at us: A 50 percent co-insurance stipulation in her insurance plan. For an MRI of the brain with and without dye, CPT code 70553, at Virtua Voorhees, these were the prices: CHARGED: 9973.43 INSURED: 2460.0 PAID: 2460.0 Her comment: […]