A walk-in visit: Urgent Care Manhattan

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

A walk-in visit: Urgent Care Manhattan

When two former emergency room doctors decided to start up a walk-in clinic, they were looking for a change from the hustle of the hospital setting. “We realized we could have a kinder, gentler, nicer way to take care of patients,” said Urgent Care Manhattan co-founder Dr. Mark Melrose. Urgent Care Manhattan has been open […]

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 […]

How much does an MRI cost? 7 U.S. databases that can help

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Price lists for medical treatment are just about our favorite thing over here at ClearHealthCosts. We think people should be able to know what stuff costs in health care, and anything that sheds light on that — however fragmentary or imperfect — is good, as far as we’re concerned. We’ve collected some resources, and are […]

A move to let government set health-care prices

Massachusetts wants to allow government to fix health-care prices in some cases. We’re watching closely. “Here’s a pretty simple explanation for all the price variation: hospitals negotiate specific rates for specific insurance companies,” Sarah Kliff writes on Wonkblog at The Washington Post. “They gauge the size of the insurance company and how many patients it […]

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.  

When $625 = $2,450 = $450

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Cancer patients have a terrible disease — and then terrible billing problems, as we’ve written before here and here. Here’s another horror story, when $625 = $2,450 = $450, as described by a cancer patient in Florida, talking about her  charges for an MRI and a biopsy treatment, and the ensuing bills. “The woman who […]

Changing the way we pay: An A.M.A. journal prediction

“It is my belief that we are headed towards a health system that reimburses based on global capitation,” writes Randy Wexler, M.D., M.P.H. , on virtualmentor.org, a site of the American Medical Association. “Such a change allows the government and others to better estimate expenditures and places responsibility (risk) for cost on providers; the primary […]