RPN of California, home of the $295 MRI

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Editor’s note: RPN has closed, as of fall 2013. Cutting the cost of an MRI is the focus of Robert Cloutier (pictured below), who runs RPN of California, a low-cost MRI services network headquartered in Ontario, Calif. As a startup, RPN is offering an MRI for $295 at its office in San Diego, a cost savings of over 50% when compared to […]

Costs of Care: Heart failure treatment, $100

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Costs of Care (Twitter: @CostsOfCare), where this post was originally published, is a Boston-based nonprofit organization that helps caregivers deflate medical bills and provide high value care. As part of the 2011 Costs of Care Essay Contest, more than 100 anecdotes were shared by patients and providers around the country that illustrate the role of cost-awareness in […]

Aetna profits up: revenue’s the same, but claims are down

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Revenue is up slightly, but claims are down at the health insurer Aetna, meaning that the company posted a sharply higher quarterly profit. Because of the low use of health services by members, in connection with the weak economy, “Aetna spent 80.7 percent of its premium revenue on medical claims in the quarter, well below the 83 […]

On high-deductible plans, people spend less

Families with high-deductible health plans tend to delay or forgo health care because of the cost, according to a new study by a team of Harvard researchers. The study, by phone and mail, questioned 208 families in high-deductible health plans and 370 in traditional plans. Membership in a high-deductible plan and lower income “were each […]

Liposuction coupon on LivingSocial

Filed Under: Uncategorized

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.

A walking billboard for cancer treatment — in Times Square

Filed Under: Patients, Providers

Today in Times Square, this walking billboard for cancer treatment caught my attention. I don’t know anything about this place, and this isn’t strictly about our core mission (revealing health care costs) but I found it interesting. This was posted on their Web site: “Welcome to Radiosurgery New York. We are one of the leading […]

Health costs don’t rise as quickly — but don’t celebrate

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

  “Health care spending experienced historically low rates of growth in 2009 and 2010 as the impact of the recent recession continued to affect the purchasers, providers, and sponsors of health care,” the journal Health Affairs reports in a new article. But what does this mean? Does it mean that the nation’s  health costs have […]