Breast cancer while uninsured: One woman’s story

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Breast cancer while uninsured: One woman’s story

“I must admit that I chose to be uninsured,” C. wrote to me. “My work does not provide health insurance and I looked into nystateofhealth.ny.gov during the fall of 2014, excited to have real health care options. I am 33 years old, and could comfortably afford an insurance that was $160 per month. I punched in […]

Should you ‘Yelp’ your doc? Online patient reviews, reviewed.

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Summary: Quality ratings on medical procedures and providers, including Yelp, are a big issue. So I was interested in the online discussion in the last day or two on a piece by Casey Quinlan, the patient advocate (disclosure: and a friend of mine), about whether patients should “Yelp” their doctors. Anyone who’s interested should look […]

Crowdsourcing our coverage: Tell us what we should be writing about

  Summary:   Crowdsourcing is engaging a lot of news organizations today. While some journalists are nervous about crowdsourcing — “Yikes, we’d rather talk than listen, and what if they tell us something we don’t want to hear? Or something that we know isn’t true?” — we here at clearhealthcosts.com love crowdsourcing. We find, as […]

How Much IS That? Making Health Care Price-Transparent

Summary: On Twitter, the hashtag #HCPT stands for Health Care Price Transparency. People use that hashtag to anchor discussions about healthcare pricing, resources for finding out “how much is that” in healthcare, negotiating price with healthcare providers, and the ins and outs of understanding your insurer’s Explanation Of Benefit (EOB) statements, and any other healthcare […]

The 5 most important things you can do to cut health-care costs

People ask us a lot: what can I do to cut health-care costs? There are different answers, depending on your perspective: patient/consumer, provider (hospital, doctor), payer (insurance company or government or whoever) or someone else. The most important thing: ask what it costs. This is not an easy question to ask: many of us are […]

What does it cost? Why the question matters.

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

  Casey Quinlan of Mighty Casey Media (Twitter @MightyCasey, @CancerForXmas) gave powerful voice to a patient’s perspective on controlling medical costs on the email list of the Society for Participatory Medicine. Casey is a writer, speaker and media consultant, who was asked to write a blog post on the topic, which is reprinted here.  Reblogged with permission from Epatients.net.     […]