Checkup: The price of the pill, and the ongoing debate

Checkup: The price of the pill, and the ongoing debate

A roundup of opinions from the Web on the HHS ruling that insurers must cover birth control:   Planned Parenthood’s Bollywood video: The Planned Parenthood video supporting the HHS decision has gone viral.   Steven Colbert objects to objections: The birth-control decision is the end to humanity as we know it.  And what does a […]

The price of birth control: How much do those pills cost?

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

The price of birth control: How much do those pills cost?

Here at ClearHealthCosts.com, we do a lot of thinking about the price tag that comes along with health care. For women, birth control is a big part of that. About 37.2 million women between the ages of 15 and 44 practice some kind of contraception, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Around 28 percent them, or 10.7 […]

Ways to save, Part 4: Aren’t medical prices regulated?

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Ways to save, Part 4: Aren’t medical prices regulated?

As part of our mission to help you save money by beating back your health-care costs, we’re running a series  giving practical consumer advice about the marketplace. Here’s the first post about saving money (we suggest that you always ask the price in advance); here’s the second (even in an emergency, ask!);  and ” target=”_blank”>the third […]

The price of The Pill

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

The price of The Pill

The cost of birth-control pills has been top-of-mind lately for us. This is in the morning’s news: “A leading medical advisory panel recommended on Tuesday that all insurers be required to cover contraceptives for women free of charge as one of several preventive services under the new health care law. “Obama administration officials said that […]

Massachusetts: Cost-cutting strategies aren’t working

Massachusetts: Cost-cutting strategies aren’t working

Massachusetts has been in the forefront of health reform. So it was dispiriting to learn in a Massachusetts health reform report issued June 22 that the state’s test of one of the most-hoped-for reforms changes has failed to cut costs. In fact, most of the news in the report was relatively gloomy: it suggested that […]

The Health Data Initiative: A gathering of wonks

The Health Data Initiative: A gathering of wonks

  ClearHealthCosts.com got a lot of love at the Health Data Initiative forum at the National Institutes of Health in Washington on Thursday, June 9. Todd Park, chief technology officer of the Department of Health and Human Services, was one of the people who praised the the newly launched site when I showed it to […]

The Day: Reform, Republican doctors, free medical school

The Day: Reform, Republican doctors, free medical school

  Dave Chase, a former Microsoft executive, wrote two treatises on huffingtonpost.com about health care were choice. Here’s one: Dave Chase: Do it Yourself Health Care Reform. and here’s the other: Dave Chase: Health Insurance’s Bunker Buster. P.S. He’s really smart, and he’s also working on a startup about health care called Avado. It’s sort of like a mint.com […]

Waste and fraud in Medicare

Filed Under: Costs, Providers, Regulators

Waste and fraud in Medicare

It’s an article of faith that one of the biggest sources of  health-care cost abuses is Medicare. The government pays bills for the elderly under this system, and it’s widely regarded as fraud-ridden and inefficient. So it was no particular surprise to read the other day that Medicare recovery audit contractors have returned $237.8 million […]

The Day: Costs of care, data security, insurance

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Comparative effectiveness research would help find the most effective medical treatments at the lowest prices, but not everyone thinks that’s a good idea. The Value of Comparison.  The New York Times. Significant concerns about the security of electronic patient health information are raised in two reviews from the Health and Human Services Department’s Office of […]