How much does IVIG (IV Immunoglobulin) cost? Or, no wonder healthcare is so expensive: Morgan Gleason

How much does IVIG (IV Immunoglobulin) cost? Or, no wonder healthcare is so expensive: Morgan Gleason

By Morgan Gleason I am thinking that we might really need to just burn the healthcare system to the ground and completely start over. Although I am pretty experienced with healthcare, the financial piece is one that I haven’t really been as involved in since I am still on my parents’ insurance and they pay […]

Escalator clauses, rising prices, and why we should care

Summary: You may have asked yourself why health prices rise inexorably. Are escalator clauses, the automatic price increases common to many managed care contracts, the driving force behind trend factors? Bill Rusteberg, an independent insurance consultant in Texas, posted on his blog recently about escalator clauses, which he said commonly add 5 percent a year to […]

A breast cancer patient and her $61,131 bill: Huffington Post

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Summary: “A respected group of cancer specialists developed a chemotherapy program for a breast cancer patient,” David Belk writes over at The Huffington Post. “But then her insurance company denied the claim, so the cancer center stuck her with a bill three times as large as what they would have required from the insurance company. […]

Pharmacy raises price of generic drug 3,000%: Problem and solution

Pharmacy raises price of generic drug 3,000%: Problem and solution

“You probably remember hearing the news a few weeks ago about a greedy hedge fund manager who acquired the rights to sell a life-saving medication just so he could raise the price of it by about 5,000%,” Dr. David Belk writes over at Huffington Post. “That was a pretty evil thing to do, and it showcased […]

A mother’s plea on change.org turns around a Blue Cross denial

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Guest Post by Amy Gleason This post began from an e-mail Amy Gleason sent to a group of members of the Society for Participatory Medicine. It is posted with permission from Amy. I just wanted to share a positive experience I had as an e-patient (well e-caregiver in this case). I have really struggled with […]