Health costs rising: That frightening chart

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Health care costs are rising in the United States; that’s no surprise to anyone. But as we think about what’s happening to our own health costs, and those of the people and institutions surrounding us (government, schools, businesses, friends, parents) it’s useful to have comparative information. So we’re reproducing the scary chart from the Organization […]

How brand drug coupons work to raise health costs

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“Prescription copay coupon marketing programs, which encourage insured consumers to select branded rather than generic drugs, will increase US health care costs by $32 billion over the next decade, according to a new study.” Lynn Taylor, Online Pharma Times.  

Overuse and misdiagnosis: The M.R.I. and The Times

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  There’s a thoughtful and thought-provoking story by Gina Kolata in The Times about overuse of M.R.I. tests and resulting misdiagnosis and mistreatment. Read it, every word. She quotes one doctor as saying: “An M.R.I. is unlike any other imaging tool we use. ,It is a very sensitive tool, but it is not very specific. […]

How much does a colonoscopy cost? Another view…

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How much does a colonoscopy cost? Another view…

How much does a colonoscopy cost? We’ve written about this before several times, here and here; Here’s an interesting story about how a person’s plans can diverge from a provider’s plans. Here are a few paragraphs  from an excellent piece by Doug Thompson on iHealthBeat.com, a service of the California HealthCare Foundation, on Thompson’s colonoscopy […]

Yaz, Yasmine and Beyaz: The price of birth control

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Yaz, Yasmine and Beyaz: The price of birth control

A friend who contributed to the Price of Birth Control map followed up with this email: “I wanted to add a couple things that wouldn’t fit on the form. I’ve just recently been having some drama around my pill prescription so this is the perfect time for me to be filling out this info! “I […]

Making health-care data useful

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Making health-care data useful

Finding good pricing data in the health-care marketplace and making it useful are among our primary goals here at ClearHealthCosts.com. So we were excited when the folks at Lucky Sort made the PriceMap for us. Many people don’t know that medical prices vary greatly. This is one way of looking at that, with an interactive […]

The Day

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Health Care Spending in the United States and Selected OECD Countries April 2011 The Kaiser Family Foundation Google Health: Has it been put onto life support? thehealthcareblog.com/ It doesn’t matter what people say:  The GOP cannot privatize and voucherize Medicare.  The attack on Medicaid, however, is another story. Ezra Klein, The Washington Post. An aging […]

The day: Insurance denials, cost variations, comparing plans

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Top links of the day (and week) in health-care news: Investigative journalism interview on insurance company’s denials of health claims William Heisel, reportingonhealth.org. Part 2 of investigative journalism interview on insurance company’s denials of health claims William Heisel, reportingonhealth.org. The cost variations in health care: what causes them? changehealthcare.com. New Labels Will Soon Help Consumers […]

Those expensive stitches, Part 2

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Those expensive stitches, Part 2

Truths: American health-care pr0viders charge more because they can. Administrative costs for our enormously complex health-care system take a big bite out of the health-care dollar. Administrative efforts are not great at catching waste and fraud. Myths: Our sytstem is fraught with waste over things like malpractice and obesity. Our health costs are high because […]

Women and health insurance

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Women and health insurance

The Kaiser Family Foundation has a new study out, and I find it incredibly unsettling. Called “The Women’s Health Care Chartbook,” it gives key findings from a survey Kaiser did in 2008 of women’s health issues. Of course, the economy has gotten worse since then, with more people out of work for longer periods, and […]