California, and L.A., offer options to help those in need of health care

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

You learn a lot about state-by-state health care when collecting prices as we do. Socioeconomics, demographics, geography – all of these things can make a huge difference in cash-pay prices for health care procedures and commodities. One thing we learned while collecting prices in the greater Los Angeles area is that there are a surprising […]

Lawmakers and aides seek Obamacare exemption, Politico reports

  “Congressional leaders in both parties are engaged in high-level, confidential talks about exempting lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides from the insurance exchanges they are mandated to join as part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, sources in both parties said. “The talks — which involve Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House Speaker […]

The uninsured, state by state: Texas leads at 24 percent

In Texas, 24 percent of people are uninsured, according to figures collected by the Kaiser Family Foundation, in a  report and graphic based on 2011 figures. Next: Nevada 22 percent, New Mexico 21 percent. South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, California and Louisiana all have 21 percent of people lacking insurance. Mississipi: 19 percent. Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Arkansas, […]

Jeanne on TEDMED Great Challenges: Health costs and payment systems

The United States continues to contend with the huge question of how people should pay for healthcare, what healthcare should cost, who should pay, and other money matters — even as the nation’s health-care bill, now $2.7 trillion annually, continues to grow. Engaging in the topic were several experts in a TedMed Great Challenges Google […]

Hospital inspection data made public in searchable database, by AHCJ

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

No one likes to think about hospital mistakes, but they happen. For people who are working to be informed consumer-patients about health care, there’s value in knowing about those mistakes. So we’re happy to spotlight this database, hospitalinspections.org, courtesy of the Association of Health Care Journalists, an organization of which we are proud members. The […]

Illinois restricts hospital charges to uninsured; costs plus 35%

Filed Under: Costs, Regulators

Some states and localities have special laws covering uninsured and underinsured patients.  One such state is Illinois. Not only does Illinois have an excellent hospital comparison and consumer health Web site, it also has a state law saying that “hospital charges to eligible uninsured cannot exceed the costs of the services plus 35 percent. This […]

How much does a sleep study cost? Well, $600 or $5,070

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

How much does a sleep study cost? Well, $600 or $5,070

(Updated, Oct. 2019) Daytime dozing, excessively loud snoring and fitful sleep are all reasons to have a sleep study. So how much does a sleep study cost? The answer: it depends. Keep reading for more information and advice. There are several different types of sleep studies.  ClearHealthCosts researched the most common ones. A polysomnography (medical […]

Medical price-list mandate approved by Arizona Legislature

Filed Under: Costs

“Phoenix – State lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to legislation designed to help Arizonans shop around for the least expensive CAT scan, hip replacement or even routine physical. “The measure would require hospitals and health-care facilities to post online the costs of the 50 most-often-performed procedures, as well as the 50 most-used outpatient services. Doctors […]