Welcome to our modern hospital where if you want to know a price you can go f**k yourself: McSweeney’s

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Welcome to our modern hospital where if you want to know a price you can go f**k yourself: McSweeney’s

“Welcome to America General Hospital!” Alex Baia writes over at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. “Seems you have an oozing head injury there. Let’s check your insurance. Okay, quick ‘heads up’ — ha! — that your plan may not cover everything today. What’s that? You want a reasonable price quote, upfront, for our services? Sorry, let me […]

How much does an emergency room visit cost?

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How much does an emergency room visit cost?

Emergency room visits cost a lot. So we weren’t surprised when an anonymous person shared an emergency room bill on our site. What we were surprised by: It was a $545 charge. And the person who sent it was outraged that it was so high. By the standards of what we see every day, that […]

What’s the cost for an emergency room visit for a twisted ankle? How to successfully argue a bill.

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What’s the cost for an emergency room visit for a twisted ankle? How to successfully argue a bill.

A friend recently told me about an emergency room visit for a twisted ankle that nearly cost her $3,500 — and how she successfully argued a bill. We’re leaving out the name of the hospital and insurer, and also my friend’s name; the point here is not to name names but to give helpful advice […]

U.S. first in health spending and worst on major health indicators: JAMA Network

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U.S. first in health spending and worst on major health indicators: JAMA Network

The United States ranks first in spending and worst in obesity, life expectancy and infant mortality, compared to other high-income countries, according to a March 2018 article in JAMA Network by Irene Papanicolas, PhD; Liana R. Woskie, MSc1; and Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH1. Here are the findings: “In 2016, the US spent 17.8% of […]

How much does Nucala cost? Or how to argue a bill

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How much does Nucala cost? Or how to argue a bill

A friend writes: “Tufts Medicare Preferred on numerous occasions failed to give me cost and alternative information related to Nucala (asthma) injections that I needed to make a reasonable decision. After three injections, I received a bill for my first injection copay of $576.74 indicating a total of $1730.22. I had had no previous indication […]

Colorado hospitals’ profits among highest in U.S. as patients pay more

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Colorado hospitals’ profits among highest in U.S. as patients pay more

“Colorado hospitals hiked prices by 76 percent over a seven-year stretch as they pushed their profits to among the largest in the nation and built more aggressively than hospitals in all but one other state, according to data the state plans to use to change spending priorities,” Christopher N. Osher writes at The Denver Post. “Along […]

How much does Viagra cost? How much does generic Viagra cost? $1, $3, $40 or $80?

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How much does Viagra cost? How much does generic Viagra cost? $1, $3, $40 or $80?

The phone rang, and the caller had an important message: People are being asked to pay high prices for generic Viagra, the erectile dysfunction drug, which has gone off patent and is available in generic form. The differences can be startling, the caller said: $3 a pill or $40? (I’m not naming the caller, who […]

Despite red flags at surgery centers, overseers award gold seals: Kaiser Health News

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Despite red flags at surgery centers, overseers award gold seals: Kaiser Health News

“At his surgery center near San Diego, Rodney Davis wore scrubs, was referred to as ‘Dr. Rod’ and carried the title of director of surgery,” Christina Jewett writes over at Kaiser Health News, in another troubling piece about flaws in accreditation. “But he was a physician assistant, not a doctor, who anesthetized patients and performed […]

How much does Luzu cost? Athlete’s foot cures from $3.99 to $432

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How much does Luzu cost? Athlete’s foot cures from $3.99 to $432

“Ever hear of a drug called Luzu? For athlete’s foot?” The conversation started in the gym, where a woman who knows I do health care costs had a story to tell. I said, “I bet you’re going to tell me it’s really expensive,” She said “Yep.” What happened: Her podiatrist recommended this medication for athlete’s […]

My uterus costs more than a Porsche: HuffPost

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My uterus costs more than a Porsche: HuffPost

“No, I’m not ovary-acting,” Leena Kulkarni writes over at Huffpost.  “After an abnormal Pap smear recently, I found myself in need of a colposcopy ― a fairly routine procedure in which doctors use binoculars to search for abnormal cells in the cervix.   After visually inspecting my goods, my OBGYN quelled my fears. Everything looked […]