My uterus costs more than a Porsche: HuffPost

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My uterus costs more than a Porsche: HuffPost

“No, I’m not ovary-acting,” Leena Kulkarni writes over at Huffpost.  “After an abnormal Pap smear recently, I found myself in need of a colposcopy ― a fairly routine procedure in which doctors use binoculars to search for abnormal cells in the cervix.   After visually inspecting my goods, my OBGYN quelled my fears. Everything looked […]

When a doctor’s recommendation turns into $2,380 in bills, or how much does an MRI cost?

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When a doctor’s recommendation turns into $2,380 in bills, or how much does an MRI cost?

A community member shared with us the bare bones of a story: Two MRI bills at an imaging center in Scarborough, Maine, resulted in a bill for $2,380. “Doctor advised ‘spinal MRI’,  no indication given that procedure would be expensive or be billed separately for thoracic and lumbar regions of the spine,” wrote the community […]

Nonprofit hospital surpluses raise questions for patients, especially those struggling with medical bills: lancasteronline.com

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Nonprofit hospital surpluses raise questions for patients, especially those struggling with medical bills: lancasteronline.com

“A recent report by Pennsylvania’s health care industry watchdog shows that most of the hospitals frequented by Lancaster County residents take in significantly more money than industry experts say is necessary to maintain stable operations,” The Lancaster Online editorial board wrote recently. “As staff writer Heather Stauffer reported in the Money section of the July […]

How much does a hysterectomy cost? $125,000 or $7,700?

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How much does a hysterectomy cost? $125,000 or $7,700?

How much does a hysterectomy cost? Depends on the kind of hysterectomy, of course, and where it takes place. A community member sent in the bill here from a procedure in a Pasadena hospital. Total charges weere $125,585.84, insurance company writedown of $107,674.84. The insurer paid $13,607.52, and the patient was responsible for $4,303.48. Here’s […]

Misleading insurance company paperwork, Chapter 436

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Misleading insurance company paperwork, Chapter 436

Is it a payment or an adjustment? Wait, it’s both! This bill for a colonoscopy clearly identifies the sum of $722.13 as both a payment and an adjustment. The vertical “payments” column is quite clear. Just as clearly, there was no payment at all, judging from the horizontal selection. We have seen a lot of insurance […]

High prices can boost profits for health insurers: NPR

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High prices can boost profits for health insurers: NPR

“Michael Frank ran his finger down his medical bill, studying the charges and pausing in disbelief,” Marshall Allen from ProPublica writes over at NPR’s Shots blog. “The numbers didn’t make sense. His recovery from a partial hip replacement had been difficult. He had iced and elevated his leg for weeks. He had pushed his 49-year-old […]

Lax oversight leaves surgery center regulators and patients in the dark: Kaiser Health News

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Lax oversight leaves surgery center regulators and patients in the dark: Kaiser Health News

“The first man died in April 2014. Another died later that month. Then on July 18 of that year, a woman was rushed to a hospital where she was told she was lucky to be alive,” Christina Jewett, Kaiser Health News and Mark Alesia, USA Today Network, write in an investigative piece on regulation at […]

Hospital finances are stronger than ever, California doctor says

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Hospital finances are stronger than ever, California doctor says

By David Belk, M.D. David Belk, a California doctor, has an interest in pricing and has researched and written on this topic for The Huffington Post and at his own site, TrueCostOfHealthCare.org. He sent this via email the other day, and I asked if I could repost it. The next time hospitals tell you they’re […]