Ohio insurers deny 20% of Obamacare claims: cleveland.com

Ohio insurers deny 20% of Obamacare claims: cleveland.com

“As many as one out of five in-network claims made for Ohio patients with Obamacare are denied, according to research by the Kaiser Family Foundation,” Ginger Christ writes over at cleveland.com. “When a health insurance claim is denied, that leaves patients or providers to cover the cost, leading to unexpected medical bills for patients or […]

How much does a CT scan cost? $267, or $1,497, or $8,010?

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How much does a CT scan cost? $267, or $1,497, or $8,010?

There should be a law against this. This person had a CT scan and was charged a hefty fee. What does a CT scan cost? Well, $267 or $1,497, or $8,010? Look here and here and here on our blog. To find out what stuff costs in advance, look at this blog post: 10 questions […]

A reader’s victory on facility fees: She saved more than $300, or how to argue a bill

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A reader’s victory on facility fees: She saved more than $300, or how to argue a bill

A comment came in on one of our “facility fee” posts, explaining this mysterious charge, imposed by hospitals on top of a bill for medical treatment if a patient visits one of their facilities: “As of today, Jan. 30, 2019, this is still happening at Tulane Sports. I received a bill for $153.00 facility fee. […]

Employers’ health care crisis will only get worse – Axios

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Employers’ health care crisis will only get worse – Axios

“Employers are keeping quiet in the political debate over health care costs, but the cost crisis looming in front of them is bigger than many people may realize,” Sam Baker and Caitlin Owens write over at Axios. “Why it matters: Washington isn’t known for being proactive, but in some ways it’s better prepared than the […]

A spider bite, and $4,348.44 dollars later: ‘I don’t have the willpower to argue any of it’

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A spider bite, and $4,348.44 dollars later: ‘I don’t have the willpower to argue any of it’

The share from the community member looked ominous: An IV, which usually means an emergency room. PROCEDURE: 96365 Ther/proph/diag iv inf init PRICES: CHARGED: 1200.0 INSURED: 0.0 PAID: 1200.0 HOSPITAL: Mount Sinai Beth Israel INSURER: Cigna OTHER INSURER: An employer I asked: Thanks for your share on ClearHealthCosts! We might want to write about this. […]

Banks could be winning loyal customers by rising to the challenge of soaring health costs

Banks could be winning loyal customers by rising to the challenge of soaring health costs

“Most American banks and credit unions are pretty good at advising people about credit ratings, mortgage rates, credit cards and so on. But what about advising them on health costs?” I wrote in a piece over at BAI.org. “’That’s crazy,’ you might say. ‘Banks don’t have anything to do with health costs.’ But hear me […]

How much does an MRI cost, $350 or $1,000? He told the billing department the price was too high, and they dropped it

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How much does an MRI cost, $350 or $1,000? He told the billing department the price was too high, and they dropped it

Who knew? When you tell the woman in billing department the price is too high, maybe she’ll drop it for you. The community member shared on our partner’s site about an MRI in Westlake Village, near Los Angeles — and we learned that when he told the office person he was not going to have […]

Quebec family stopped at border with body in vehicle, seeking to avoid U.S. health charges: Toronto Sun

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Quebec family stopped at border with body in vehicle, seeking to avoid U.S. health charges: Toronto Sun

“The words ‘what do you have to declare?’ took on a bizarre meaning at a Canada-U.S. border crossing on Sunday,” Brad Hunter writes over at The Toronto Sun. “For a Quebec family, the answer was grandpa. TVA reports that around 2:30 a.m., a mother and her son returning from Florida arrived at the crossing at […]

How much does an MRI cost? $250, or $300?

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How much does an MRI cost? $250, or $300?

The share came in for a couple of MRI procedures on a leg. We asked the community member a few questions: 1. We see that you had several MRI procedures, which is unusual. Can you tell us about the circumstances? 2. Do you have an explanation of benefits or bill you could share with us? […]

A kid has chest pain, and $10,000 later … here’s the bill

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A kid has chest pain, and $10,000 later … here’s the bill

A friend writes: Recently saw Jeanne’s superb TED talk.. and was instantly inspired to share our recent ER experience. Please see attached the bill we got for a visit to the NYU Langone Cobble Hill ER in November for my 14-year-old son who was having severe chest pains and racing pulse ( turned out nothing […]