How much does an X-ray of the spine cost? For this woman, $351.41

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How much does an X-ray of the spine cost? For this woman, $351.41

It was a crazy expensive X-ray price, shared by a community member – a $415 charge for an X-ray of the spine, “Lumbosacral, Complete, W Oblique Views,” (CPT code 72110). The insurer paid $351.41, she told us. We have documented X-ray prices from $20 to $988, and we’re always interested in the topic — they’re […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and tests: Mayo Clinic doctors find many antibody tests fail their quality standards: ABC News

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and tests: Mayo Clinic doctors find many antibody tests fail their quality standards: ABC News

“A number of commercially available COVID-19 antibody tests, which look at a patient’s blood for signs of past infection, did not pass Mayo Clinic quality screening or meet their expectations for use, researchers from the hospital concluded in a joint investigation by the clinic and ABC News,” Dr. Mark Abdelmalek and Megan Christie wrote for […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) antibody tests: Do you really want one? Think hard about it. Maybe not.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) antibody tests: Do you really want one? Think hard about it. Maybe not.

(Updated) Coronavirus testing: It has long been hard to get. Now suddenly in the New York area, tests are freely available. The test will tell me truly if I have had coronavirus and am therefore immune, right? Or if I was exposed to the virus and magically skipped through, with few symptoms? The expert opinions […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) party scene: Going online to ‘Club Quarantine’

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) party scene: Going online to ‘Club Quarantine’

Fear not, partygoers! While quarantine has sadly made it impossible to go out to the club or attend even the smallest of parties, human ingenuity has found a way to create an entertaining, if not quite as satisfying, alternative. People everywhere are turning to virtual parties to sate their party bugs, and some of these […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and medicine: A New York surgeon tells us what his profession is like now

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and medicine: A New York surgeon tells us what his profession is like now

What’s it like to be a doctor in the middle of the pandemic? I had a chance not long ago to talk with a New York surgeon about his experiences, on the condition that we would not use his name. Here’s a transcript of our conversation, edited for length and clarity.  This is intended to […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) plasma donation: I started the process. Here’s how it works.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) plasma donation: I started the process. Here’s how it works.

I volunteered to donate plasma to help coronavirus (Covid-19) patients, because I tested positive for coronavirus antibodies. I registered to donate at several places (see full list of opportunities here). Yesterday was my first visit to a donation site. I went to Stony Brook University Medical Center’s outpatient location in Stony Brook, N.Y. The wait […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) antibody testing: A visit to CityMD Urgent Care for tests

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) antibody testing: A visit to CityMD Urgent Care for tests

By JEANNE PINDER and PHOEBE PINDER We went to CityMD Urgent Care in Mamaroneck, N.Y., just north of New York City, on May 10, Mother’s Day morning, to get coronavirus (Covid-10) antibody testing. They told us on the phone to walk in with insurance card and ID. We would be screened and tested on the […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) plasma donation and other studies

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) plasma donation and other studies

Coronavirus (Covid-19) antibody testing has exploded in the New York area and across the nation. With that new testing, people are getting new opportunities to donate plasma for Covid-19 patients, or to take part in other studies. Here are some resources: Guidelines from the FDA on such studies Recommendations to health care providers and investigators […]