The cost of a mammogram: A Boston-New York rivalry

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The cost of a mammogram: A Boston-New York rivalry

Looks like the Boston-New York rivalry is back, in a different form: this time, it’s over the price of a mammogram. Mammogram prices ranging from $500 to around $900 were quoted to Martha Bebinger, a reporter at WBUR, the NPR station in Boston. She wrote an article about costs of a mammogram  for the the new HealthCareSavvy community over at […]

Checking up on your coverage: The IUD removal saga

Checking up on your coverage: The IUD removal saga

There’s no question about it: IUD’s are making a comeback in a big way. Though roughly 5.5 per cent of women using contraception choose the IUD as opposed to 28 percent using birth control pills, IUD’s — intrauterine devices — are on the rise.  Unlike birth control pills, which you must remember to take every […]

Costs of cancer treatment: A reader’s story

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Costs of cancer treatment: A reader’s story

It’s an inspiring story: She has cancer. She was denied coverage for treatment by her insurance company, and she fought the decision — and won. One of our readers, Mary Schnack, told us her story about pain and triumph in the health-care system. She’s our heroine! “I have had endometrial stromal sarcoma (ESS) eight times […]

Generic birth-control pills: $4 or $10? Or $9? Or $50?

Generic birth-control pills: $4 or $10? Or $9? Or $50?

The marketplace for birth-control pills is pretty interesting, and it seems to change by the day. A woman we know who takes Ortho Tricyclen Lo got this letter  not long ago from her insurance company, encouraging her to stop taking the brand-name pill (for which she has a $50-a-month copay) and to instead start taking […]

Checkup: The price of the pill, and the ongoing debate

Checkup: The price of the pill, and the ongoing debate

A roundup of opinions from the Web on the HHS ruling that insurers must cover birth control:   Planned Parenthood’s Bollywood video: The Planned Parenthood video supporting the HHS decision has gone viral.   Steven Colbert objects to objections: The birth-control decision is the end to humanity as we know it.  And what does a […]

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 […]

The price of birth control: How much do those pills cost?

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The price of birth control: How much do those pills cost?

Here at ClearHealthCosts.com, we do a lot of thinking about the price tag that comes along with health care. For women, birth control is a big part of that. About 37.2 million women between the ages of 15 and 44 practice some kind of contraception, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Around 28 percent them, or 10.7 […]