‘Dump the sick’

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“My name is Wendell Potter, and for twenty years, I worked as a senior executive at health insurance companies, and I saw how they confuse their customers and dump the sick — all so they can satisfy their Wall Street investors.” The writer is  a former Cigna executive who has written a book about his […]

How much does a colonoscopy cost? Part 2

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If you were looking for an answer to this question, you might go ask your insurance company. Mine – United HealthCare — has a treatment cost estimator online.  (Wait, should I link here to the news story about United Healthcare and price-fixing? To www.myuhc.com web site, with the happy strawberries? To the Wikipedia article, with some […]

How much does a colonoscopy cost? Part 1

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The consumer heading into a medical procedure rarely knows what it will cost. Quite often, the actual out-of-pocket figure isn’t known until the insurance company is done with its calculations, and sends the consumer (and the provider) a bill. That’s the routine, but it seems odd. The answer to “what does it cost?” might be […]

The $1,416.51 Drug Markup

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Not long ago, I developed a sharp awareness of the costs of medical care. One motivating factor was an anesthesia bill for a 30-minute operation at a suburban New York City hospital in March 2007 to remove hardware inserted to fix a broken leg.  The anesthesia bill, about $6,000, was triple the size of the […]

Welcome!

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Hi, thanks for visiting. I’m Jeanne Pinder, a longtime journalist with a deep interest in health care and a great deal of experience (and frustration) with sorting through medical statements and trying to understand them. Among the biggest questions in health care today are these: Why can’t I know what medical procedures and items will […]