How having health insurance spiked her hospital bill by $400: Philly.com

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

How having health insurance spiked her hospital bill by $400: Philly.com

“It was 2 in the morning when Annette Alexander rushed her daughter Cherie to Abington-Lansdale Hospital with throbbing head pain,” Sarah Gantz writes over at partner philly.com. “The 24-year-old’s two-hour visit for what turned out to be a migraine headache led to a bill of $1,642. But in her haste, Alexander had left the family’s […]

How much will that cost/did that cost? Part 1 of a series on billing

How much will that cost/did that cost? Part 1 of a series on billing

How much will that cost? Why did that cost so much? People are getting used to asking this in the health care marketplace. Many of us grew up with the $10 co-pay, but that’s rapidly becoming a thing of the past. With rising deductibles, more out-of-network providers, more uninsured people and more out-of-pocket spending, it’s increasingly a […]

Another driver for cash payments: No-pay and slow-pay patients

Another driver for cash payments: No-pay and slow-pay patients

Summary: A shift in the way hospitals collect bills has been taking place for some time, and is picking up speed. “Hospitals and providers, historically, received 90% of the reimbursement from insurers, according to The Advisory Board. The patient portion was more of an afterthought,” writes Holly Fletcher at The Tennessean. “That dynamic is shifting […]

Hospitals in Pennsylvania, Michigan post cash prices

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Hospitals in Pennsylvania, Michigan post cash prices

Summary: A surprising number of providers are listing cash prices publicly. Why? Because of the growing unhappiness over high deductibles, high co-insurance, and generally high out-of-pocket costs. Among the most recent: St. Luke’s University Health Network, in the Lehigh Valley, which  says it’s listing prices to take the surprise out of hospital costs. Others are […]

‘Chaos, behind a veil of secrecy’: Show me the cash flow

‘Chaos, behind a veil of secrecy’: Show me the cash flow

e-Patient Dave deBronkart is a patient advocate and author of the new book “Let Patients Help.” He has been a firm advocate of transparency in billing, and he recently posted this on his blog, epatientdave.com. We are cross-posting with his permission. * * * * * * * By e-Patient Dave deBronkart Latest in my series Let patients […]