Hey there, UnitedHealthCare! Can we help you figure out how much a sleep study costs?

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Hey there, UnitedHealthCare! Can we help you figure out how much a sleep study costs?

We’re always interested in seeing who’s visiting. Today, someone from UnitedHealthCare in Plymouth, Minn., spent 6 minutes reading our post about how much a sleep study costs. Here’s a screenshot from our Clicky analytics panel. We’re happy to be providing such valuable services to the insurance industry! It’s also clear that they found us by […]

When that ‘free’ colonoscopy costs $2,500: Cracking the Code in New Orleans

Filed Under: Costs

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When that ‘free’ colonoscopy costs $2,500: Cracking the Code in New Orleans

“At age 62, Cedric Valeary had yet to get a colonoscopy to screen for signs of colorectal cancer – the second deadliest type of cancer in the United States. During his annual check-up in December, his doctor told him it was time,” Jed Lipinski writes over at our partner, NOLA.com I The Times-Picayune in New […]

What’s in our database? Prices, prices and more prices

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

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Summary: We collect and display cash or self-pay prices — what you would pay without insurance — for about 30-35 common, “shoppable” procedures. Why? To show the range of pricing for simple medical items, which can more or less be compared — as apples to apples. If you see that an MRI can cost $300 […]

Isn’t every colonoscopy free now? Well, not exactly.

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Isn’t every colonoscopy free now? Well, not exactly.

Aren’t all colonoscopies free now? No. While the Affordable Care Act includes free preventive procedures like colonoscopies, we’re hearing more and more that people are being asked to pay, from community members in  our partnerships with public radio stations KPCC in Los Angeles, KQED in San Francisco and WHYY in Philadelphia. We don’t know anyone who keeps […]

Insurers’ payments vary more than hospital charges, data shows

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

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    Summary: In our project crowdsourcing healthcare prices in partnership with MedPage Today, we were asking primarily for cash or self-pay prices — but one of the most interesting shares we got was from a provider who wanted to tell us reimbursement rates. This post appeared originally in MedPage Today, where I wrote it as part […]

How much does a colonoscopy cost? From $600 to over $5,400

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How much does a colonoscopy cost?  From $600 to over $5,400

Summary: How much does a colonoscopy cost? It can vary: from $600 to over $5,400 depending on, among other factors, where it’s done (doctor’s office or surgical center?), what the lab fees are (as in, what they find to test), how long the procedure lasts, what your anesthesia is, and so on. So how much does a colonoscopy […]

Health pricing is chaotic: The Wall Street Journal

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

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  “To appreciate what’s wrong with the current system, imagine four patients identical in every way except for their insurance coverage. They report to the same doctor for a routine procedure, say, a colonoscopy,” writes Joseph Rago in an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal, arguing that an unfettered free market will take care […]