Health-care costs: Uninsured, then an employer

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Health-care costs: Uninsured, then an employer

We’re inviting people to share their stories of the health-care marketplace. Here’s one, as told to Juliet Linderman. (While we seem to be writing a lot about insurance lately, this site is generally about price transparency — and of course, insurance and price transparency have a lot of overlap.) For previous ones, click here and […]

Checkup: Costs of cardiology, insurance, cancer, drugs

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Checkup: Costs of cardiology, insurance, cancer, drugs

Costs of cardiology: “If you ever want a reason to question your cardiologist very closely when he or she recommends you undergo an angiogram, the imaging test that precedes an angioplasty or stent, read this paper by Grace Lin and Rita Redberg, cardiologists at the University of California, San Francisco. Lin and Redberg conducted three focus groups, where […]

The price of The Pill

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The price of The Pill

The cost of birth-control pills has been top-of-mind lately for us. This is in the morning’s news: “A leading medical advisory panel recommended on Tuesday that all insurers be required to cover contraceptives for women free of charge as one of several preventive services under the new health care law. “Obama administration officials said that […]

Birth control pills: How do you choose?

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Birth control pills: How do you choose?

Things change with the seasons. New shoes. New tunes. New birth control pill. Wait–what? Birth control pills are multi-billion-dollar industry, and, as in many other industries, trends, and prices, shift. We took a look at some data from IMS Health on the most popular birth control pill, and were surprised to see how much it […]

Health-care stories: A $1,200 bill, and no, it’s not covered.

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Health-care stories: A $1,200 bill, and no, it’s not covered.

We’re inviting people to share their stories of the health-care marketplace. Here’s one, as told to Juliet Linderman. While these stories  talk a lot about insurance, this site is generally about price transparency — and of course, insurance and price transparency have a lot of overlap. And if you’re uninsured, you might find creative ways […]

Shopping for insurance, Part 5: How do I decide?

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Shopping for insurance, Part 5: How do I decide?

Looking for affordable, effective health insurance can seem to start with an impenetrable thicket of questions. And even after you’ve made a decision, you might feel that your consumer comparison-shopping radar didn’t save you from a mistake or two. We’re here to help. Welcome to Part 5 of our handbook for people who are shopping […]

Insuring the uninsured: Study finds multiple benefits

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Insuring the uninsured: Study finds multiple benefits

People with health insurance are happier,  healthier and more financially stable. People without health insurance are more depressed, less healthy and financially stable. These conclusions — from an Oregon study published July 7 by the National Bureau of Economic Research —  may seem obvious. But because of the fraught nature of the debate over health care, it’s […]

Checkup: Charging the doctor, subsidies, spending, strategy

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Checkup: Charging the doctor, subsidies,  spending, strategy

Steaming: “Elaine Farstad got antsy as she waited for her doctor, who was late for her scheduled appointment. Then she got downright impatient. Then, as nearly two hours passed, she got mad. Then she came up with an idea. ‘I decided to bill the doctor,’ she says. ‘If you waste my time, you’ve bought my time.’” Elizabeth […]