Our new look: Tell us what you think

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We’re live with our new design. We’re proud of the new look, and excited to introduce it to the world — and to continue improving. This work is too good to keep hidden, so we are going  public, even if there are things we’re still not satisfied with. When I did a demo last night […]

Need free and low-cost medications and clinics? Here’s help.

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Finding good medical-price resources is one of our favorite things, so we were excited to trip over NeedyMeds. It’s a web site with terrific resources, including maps and phone numbers of clinics supplying free and low-cost medical services. The site also has map functions allowing consumers to search for clinics within a certain distance of […]

Tales from the trenches: A friend’s health-care woes

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A friend wrote: “I’m reaching out to you in hopes that you can help guide me on my personal medical bills … . First I have to let you know that I was laid off … last week due to budget cuts…. “With that being said, my medical bills are ridiculous. “I just received my […]

How much does it cost? And why does it matter?

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How often do health care providers consider the cost of care? Should they be thinking about costs as they prescribe treatments? That’s the topic of a piece by Pauline W. Chen, M.D., published in The New York Times. The  article was interesting enough, featuring the work of our friend Dr. Neel Shah over at costsofcare.org, […]

Reporter wanted

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Persistent, thoughtful reporter wanted for quasi-investigative project. We’re looking for a good reporter/researcher to follow a concentrated line of reporting at clearhealthcosts.com, where we’re bringing transparency to the health-care marketplace. Need-to-have: persistence, analytical thinking, familiarity with financial matters, legal affairs or some similar field; strong communications skills. Nice-to-have: previous investigative experience; database skills; FOIA experience […]

Meet Sherpaa, a Jay Parkinson-Grant Harrison startup

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We’re glad to see Sherpaa, a newcomer to the New York health startup scene. Sherpaa says it provides “around the clock email and phone access to our friendly, NYC-based doctors (or Guides as we call them). Whenever you have a health question or concern, we’re here for you. And we play nicely with the insurance you’ve got.” […]

The uninsured: Who are they?

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The uninsured: who are they? We did a statistical survey using U.S. Census Bureau information here in New York, and some of the results are surprising. For some time, the stereotypical picture of the  person lacking health insurance has been this: unemployed, maybe undocumented, even hapless. Well, no more. A quick look at the statistics […]

Cost-plus or Medicare-based payments, and why it matters

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We’re hearing a lot about “cost plus” or “Medicare-based” reimbursements for providers under various insurance plans. As you know, in the current health-care system, insured people might often find themselves not knowing what a procedure costs or what an insurer pays. For example, when I had an MRI of my lower back, how much did […]

Top-paying companies: 3 of them are nonprofits

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“Atlantic provides a health care plan for its employees and their dependents that includes pharmacy, dental, vision, and even expensive in-vitro fertilization. A new mother can have all her maternity visits, the delivery of the child, and all hospital costs covered for a one-time fee of just $15. Every hospital has on-site childcare and early-education […]