PriceCheck: We’re creating health cost guides with our partners and our communities across the nation

PriceCheck: We’re creating health cost guides with our partners and our communities across the nation

(Updated, April 2019) Our work with PriceCheck, our health cost transparency partnerships with media and other organizations, has stretched across the nation, bringing thousands of people to our partner web sites to share and search prices — from databases, from our reporting, and from our communities. We build interactive software and place it on our partners’ […]

Do PBMs Delay Drugs and Drive Up Drug Prices? – The Atlantic

Do PBMs Delay Drugs and Drive Up Drug Prices? – The Atlantic

“Lynn Lear finished her final round of chemotherapy for breast cancer in December. To help keep the cancer from coming back, Lear’s doctor told her about a new medication she could take called Nerlynx. Lear, who is 46, wanted to do everything she could to remain healthy, so she asked her doctor to order the […]

Ohio insurers deny 20% of Obamacare claims: cleveland.com

Ohio insurers deny 20% of Obamacare claims: cleveland.com

“As many as one out of five in-network claims made for Ohio patients with Obamacare are denied, according to research by the Kaiser Family Foundation,” Ginger Christ writes over at cleveland.com. “When a health insurance claim is denied, that leaves patients or providers to cover the cost, leading to unexpected medical bills for patients or […]

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

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

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’

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

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

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

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

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

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

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

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, […]