Liposuction coupon on LivingSocial

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There’s not much we can add to this beyond what we’ve said before.   But it’s still pretty interesting: Cosmetic and other discretionary surgery has suffered from tough economic conditions.   This corresponds with a boom in couponing.   Hence, the liposuction coupon. Enjoy.

Flu shots, free or otherwise — it’s not too late

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  I finally got my flu shot the other day — the pediatrician’s office was offering them for parents and caregivers, and I happened to be there, so it was easy and I took the opportunity. Late December, hmm. It reminded me of how hard it can be to get this simple task done. Others have […]

Those fabulous Lipitor coupons: When is $4 really $4?

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  Lipitor sales are big news these days–in case you weren’t aware of it, the blockbuster Pfizer cholesterol drug went off patent Dec. 1, making way for a generic drug. But many drugstores were asked to keep fulfilling prescriptions with the more expensive Lipitor by companies like Medco Health Solutions, one of the nation’s largest […]

Surgical volume in New York for doctors and hospitals

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  A 2003 list of surgical volume for a number of procedures by doctors at hospitals in New York State is on the web, available for your perusal. [Update: Link no longer works.] If you wanted to ask for a quality measurement for a doctor or hospital, volume might be one thing you’d want to […]

Doctors who own surgical centers do more surgeries

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  Doctors who own surgical centers perform twice as many surgeries as doctors who don’t, according to an article in Health Affairs magazine that recently came to our attention. “Many physicians confronting declining reimbursement from insurers have invested in ambulatory surgery centers, where they perform outpatient surgical and diagnostic procedures,” reads the abstract of the […]

Anesthesia overcharges, and competition that increases prices

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  Few people who read their medical bills would be surprised by a high charge for anesthesia. It seems to be a topic that others have experienced, as I did a while ago (see blog post here). But here’s a story by Adam Marcus at Anesthesiology News that is likely to surprise you: it’s about […]

Another reason for rising health-care costs

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From The Washington Post: “A think tank founded by GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich collected at least $37 million over the past eight years from major health-care companies and industry groups, offering special access to the former House speaker and other perks, according to records and interviews,” Dan Eggen of The Post reports. “The Center […]

News of the day: A ZocDoc competitor, doc ratings, the uninsured

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Here’s a smattering of news from today: This looks to us like a ZocDoc competitor, based in Cincinnati: “YourCity.MD Introduces Dr. Now™ Feature which Reduces Health Care Costs, Improves Patient to Doctor Access & Doctors Instantly Become More Productive with a Tractable ROI.” PRNewswire. Health-insurance denials: “Obtaining a comprehensive individual health insurance plan can be fraught with […]