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 […]

What’s the price of a mammogram? Our survey with WNYC: $0 to $2,786.95!

What’s the price of a mammogram? Our survey with WNYC: $0 to $2,786.95!

(Updated 2022) What’s the price of a mammogram? 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. We asked people to send in prices of routine mammograms for our project with […]

Aren’t all mammograms free because of the Affordable Care Act?

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Aren’t all mammograms free because of the Affordable Care Act?

(Updated 2022) So where’s my free mammogram? Aren’t all mammograms free because of The Affordable Care Act? Well, actually, it’s more complicated than that. Some mammograms are covered completely, by either the company or by the insurer. Yet a lot of people are paying themselves. This is true for various reasons, as we learned somewhat […]

How much does a ‘custom’ knee replacement cost?

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How much does a ‘custom’ knee replacement cost?

(Updated 2022) 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, […]

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. […]

The new birth control law: Is it really free?

The new birth control law: Is it really free?

(Updated 2022) 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 […]

Indies or chains? Find the lowest birth control price

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Indies or chains? Find the lowest birth control price

(Updated 2022) As we wrote in an earlier blog post on birth control prices, 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 […]

How much does birth control cost? $9 to $63, or $68 to $184

How much does birth control cost? $9 to $63, or $68 to $184

(Updated 2022) The cost of birth control pills can vary greatly. Sometimes the cost is free if covered by your insurance — but it can also be much more expensive if you’re paying cash (we saw $184 for one). They can actually in some cases be more expensive if you have insurance! Covered by insurance […]

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

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

(Updated 2022) Second of two parts. Here’s the first. 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 for a sleep apnea test. They followed her to the bedroom and attached sensors and electrodes to her scalp, […]

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

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

(Update 2022) 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 code […]