Washington state cancer patients at risk for bankruptcy: Health Affairs

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

“Much has been written about the relationship between high medical expenses and the likelihood of filing for bankruptcy, but the relationship between receiving a cancer diagnosis and filing for bankruptcy is less well understood. “We estimated the incidence and relative risk of bankruptcy for people age twenty-one or older diagnosed with cancer compared to people […]

How much does a mammogram cost? Our survey with WNYC: $0 to $2,786.95!

Summary: Women and their insurance companies are paying wildly varying prices for mammograms, and doctors and clinics are charging wildly varying prices, we found in our crowdsourcing project with the Brian Lehrer show on WNYC. Read on to learn more and hear some horror stories, or… CLICK HERE FOR PRICES    

How much does a knee replacement cost? A question from an NJ Transit bus

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

An ad for surgery on the side of a bus is guaranteed to get my attention. So this ad for “custom knee replacement” at the Raritan Bay Medical Center was definitely of interest. I called the hospital to ask what that means, and what it would cost. The customization comes, according to Maryann Finney, assistant director […]

Your doctor ordered a second mammogram? Sorry, it’s not covered

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

A friend writes: I need to get a second mammogram and my $743.55 per month Blue Cross insurance will not pay for it. I have a (single parent/child) Blue Cross/Blue Shield independent Horizon EPO Plus health insurance policy.  I’ve been told that I’ve already reached my maximum for the calendar year of $600 in testing. […]

Free birth control. Really? Well, sort of. And sort of not.

Free birth control under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? Really? For everyone? Well, maybe not. You might  have to wait until 2014. The Affordable Care Act’s stipulation that preventive services should be free went into effect in August 2012, and many  women were ready to pick up their free birth control. Indeed, the ACA’s preventive […]

What do birth control pills cost? Indies, chains, and finding the best price

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

As we wrote in an earlier blog post, when you need to fill a prescription, it pays to shop around. What do birth control pills cost? Prices can vary a little or a lot. Compare big box pharmacies, such as Rite Aid, CVS, Costco or Walgreens, with the little independent guys. The same is true […]

Q: How much do birth-control pills cost? A: $9 to $63, or $68 to $112.

Q: How much do birth-control pills cost? A: $9 to $63, or $68 to $112.

(Updated 2018) Birth control pills can come at very different prices. Sometimes they’re actually more expensive if you have insurance! Covered by insurance or not, there are a few things you need to know about how pricing works, and where you’ll pay a lot or a little. It’s different depending on your insurance, on your […]

How much does a sleep study cost? One woman’s story

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

SUMMARY: About an hour before Karin S.’s bedtime, two people in lab coats knocked on her door in Queens, New York. They were there to put her to bed. They followed her to the bedroom and attached sensors and electrodes to her scalp, face, hands and chest. They hooked her up to a  polysomnography machine. […]

How much does a sleep study cost? Well, $600 or $5,070

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How much does a sleep study cost? Well, $600 or $5,070

(Updated, Oct. 2019) Daytime dozing, excessively loud snoring and fitful sleep are all reasons to have a sleep study. So how much does a sleep study cost? The answer: it depends. Keep reading for more information and advice. There are several different types of sleep studies.  ClearHealthCosts researched the most common ones. A polysomnography (medical […]