Insurance broker commissions: Medical treatment? Hmmm.

  Commissions are big money for brokers. And how do we know? That’s the primary pay structure for many brokers — the service they provide, in navigating customers to a policy they want, and navigating insurers to customers they want, results in a commission. It’s not always clear who the winner or the loser is, […]

A portrait of the uninsured: Skipping care

Low-income people spend longer amounts of time being uninsured, and skip needed care because they’re uninsured, according to a new study by the Commonwealth Fund. This in itself may not be surprising, but the depths of the problem are: 35 percent of low-income families and 18 percent of moderate-income families have been uninsured for two […]

As predicted: price lists for surgery, online — in Oklahoma

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

We predicted this: Prices posted online by a surgical center in Oklahoma. “The prices for the procedures below include the facility fee, the surgeon’s fee and the anesthesiologist’s fee. The initial consultation with the surgeon is also included, as is uncomplicated follow-up care. The duration of postoperative care is different for each surgical procedure. Therefore, […]

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.