How much does Remicade cost? The true cost of Crohn’s disease

How much does Remicade cost? The true cost of Crohn’s disease

By ERIN BRICKER (Editor’s note: Erin Bricker reached out to us via our interactive software to talk about health costs, and we struck up a conversation. I asked her to write about her experiences, and she agreed, in the hope that someone else would benefit from her knowledge.) In the last 20 years or so, […]

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

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 […]

How much does a colonoscopy cost? From $600 to more than $5,400 and up

How much does a colonoscopy cost?  From $600 to more than $5,400 and up

How much does a colonoscopy cost? It can vary: from $600 to more than $5,400, or even triple that — 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, is it considered […]

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

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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 […]

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

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

    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 […]

Health pricing is chaotic: The Wall Street Journal

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

  “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 […]