The cost: $3,232? Or $2,586.60? Or $775.68, or $250.94?

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

There’s been a lot of conversation lately about what insurance companies pay for medical procedures, a topic we’re deeply interested in. For example, there’s the Health Care Cost Institute database, which encompasses payment records from “data voluntarily supplied by Aetna, Humana, UnitedHealth and Kaiser Permanente, it covers 33 million Americans with employer-sponsored health insurance,” according to […]

A walking billboard for cancer treatment — in Times Square

Filed Under: Patients, Providers

Today in Times Square, this walking billboard for cancer treatment caught my attention. I don’t know anything about this place, and this isn’t strictly about our core mission (revealing health care costs) but I found it interesting. This was posted on their Web site: “Welcome to Radiosurgery New York. We are one of the leading […]

When $625 = $2,450 = $450

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Cancer patients have a terrible disease — and then terrible billing problems, as we’ve written before here and here. Here’s another horror story, when $625 = $2,450 = $450, as described by a cancer patient in Florida, talking about her  charges for an MRI and a biopsy treatment, and the ensuing bills. “The woman who […]

Costs of cancer treatment: A reader’s story

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Costs of cancer treatment: A reader’s story

It’s an inspiring story: She has cancer. She was denied coverage for treatment by her insurance company, and she fought the decision — and won. One of our readers, Mary Schnack, told us her story about pain and triumph in the health-care system. She’s our heroine! “I have had endometrial stromal sarcoma (ESS) eight times […]

The day: Costs of treatment and surgery, Canada, Medicare

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

The day: Costs of treatment and surgery, Canada, Medicare

“Physicians don’t see the price tags and they never get the bill. Doctors are the true consumers of health care dollars, but the rules of economics falter when the consumers aren’t the ones that pay up. This disconnect is a fundamental cause of the uncontrollable inflation of health care costs in the US. Ignorance about […]