How much U.S. households with employer insurance spend on premiums and out-of-pocket costs: Commonwealth Fund

How much U.S. households with employer insurance spend on premiums and out-of-pocket costs: Commonwealth Fund

“In the years since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect, public debate over the cost and quality of insurance has focused primarily on health plans sold through the marketplaces established by the law,” Susan L. Hayes, Sara R. Collins, and David C. Radley write for the Commonwealth Fund. “There has been less attention on […]

Nonprofit hospitals’ net worth soars as do Americans’ health care costs: thecentersquare.com

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Nonprofit hospitals’ net worth soars as do Americans’ health care costs: thecentersquare.com

“The average family in the U.S. pays nearly $20,000 in 2018 on insurance premiums, deductibles and out-of-pockets costs, a new report produced by OpenTheBooks.com found,” Bethany Blankley writes over at The Center Square. “At the same time, salaries for administrators and executives at hospitals were as high as $21.6 million. Six CEO’s earned between $10 […]

How much does a blood pressure check with a physician’s assistant cost, $25 or $464?

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How much does a blood pressure check with a physician’s assistant cost, $25 or $464?

A blood pressure check and medication adjustment with a physician’s assistant costs $464? How can that be? The share was from New Orleans, and the provider is University Medical Center, a part of LCMC Health, the big New Orleans chain. “University Medical Center charged a $308 ‘facility fee’ and after insurance discounts I’m out of […]

Ghost networks of psychiatrists hinder patients’ access to care: STAT

Ghost networks of psychiatrists hinder patients’ access to care: STAT

“When I started my training in psychiatry, a senior doctor told me I should have a therapist of my own,” Jack Turban writes over at Stat, about seeking in-network and affordable psychiatric care. “He explained that it’s essential to understand myself so I can better understand my patients. That made sense, so I started calling […]

‘I always price out any labs or tests, even prescriptions’: How people shop for health care

‘I always price out any labs or tests, even prescriptions’: How people shop for health care

“I always price out any labs or tests, even prescriptions before hand the price variations are wild, I then choose the lowest’” — she commented on a Facebook post on my TED talk. I queried her: “Thanks for this! This is my TED talk. I’d like to write about your experience for my blog. Can […]

How much do lab tests cost: $9 or $275 with insurance? Or, how to shop for health care

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How much do lab tests cost: $9 or $275 with insurance? Or, how to shop for health care

When my TED talk was posted again recently on Facebook, with prominent mention of disparities in lab test costs, there were a lot of comments. This one stood out, so I’m putting it here as part of our “A friend writes” series. She’s in the Knoxville, Tenn., area. “Yup!!! “I had a panel of tests […]

TED, again: Thousands and thousands of shares

TED, again: Thousands and thousands of shares

TED shared my talk on Facebook again a couple of days ago. in a little over a day, it picked up 6,400 reactions and 5,100 shares. (Update: It’s up to 8,600 shares, 8,800 reactions and 596,000 views of the abbreviated video.) Folks, we’re on fire. It’s by far and away the most shared item on […]

Could we be at the edge of health care’s tipping point? Care And Cost

Could we be at the edge of health care’s tipping point? Care And Cost

“Health care wonks play a game where they wonder whether health care really is changing in ways that are palpably better for everyone,” Brian Klepper writes over at careandcost.com and the Valid Points Newsletter. “Everyone, that is, except for the senior executives of the drug and device firms, electronic health record companies, major health plans […]

Barriers to care experienced by women in the United States: The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Barriers to care experienced by women in the United States: The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

“This Visualizing Health Policy infographic looks at barriers to care experienced by women in the United States. Women incur greater health care costs than men, particularly during the reproductive years,” The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation says on its website. “Despite a lower uninsured rate than men (11% vs 14%), women are more likely to […]

How much does an emergency room visit cost? Or how to successfully argue a bill

How much does an emergency room visit cost? Or how to successfully argue a bill

His kid was treated at the emergency room at Children’s Medical Center – Plano, Tex., he told us when he shared his experience on our website. The charge was $1,770; insurance paid nothing, and he was asked to pay $1,501.24. His remark: ‘Waited six hours. Very expensive treatment for a kid’s tummyache.” I asked him […]