A few thoughts about the health-care marketplace

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Is it time for rate-setting in the health-care marketplace? Is it time for single-payer health care? Or an end to the entire for-profit system of mis-aligned incentives? Or transparency? Can we continue in this vein? The article Steven Brill wrote in Time magazine’s current issue about the rising cost of health care, “Bitter Pill,” has brought a […]

How much does an STD test cost? $0 or $600? One man’s journey, and some prices

Filed Under: Costs, Editor Picks, Patients

How much does an STD test cost? $0 or $600? One man’s journey, and some prices

(Updated January 2019) Different places charge very different prices for an STD test. We know a 27-year-old man with a common problem. He’s uninsured, he’s not wealthy, and he wanted to know: How much does an STD test cost? This man is sexually active, and he recently learned that an ex-girlfriend has been diagnosed with […]

Physician Ratings: Doctors Distrust Them, and Patients Ignore Them

Filed Under: Patients, Providers

“The many and various ‘doctor review’ sites seem to be as popular as the flu bug floating around the office. Doctors don’t like them and patients don’t use them, according to two recent surveys. “First, from the physician point of view… “The headline declares ‘Physicians Wary of Doctor Ratings,’ and the sentiment among physicians responding […]

Consumers seek emotional tie with health care, study finds

Filed Under: Patients, Providers

Emotional connections are important  in the health-care marketplace, writes the consultant  Jane Sarasohn-Kahn. “83% of consumers would pay more for a product or service from a company they feel puts them first, finds rbb Public Relations in their 2012 Nationwide Breakout Brand Survey,” she  wrote in November. “Emotional connections matter most in health care, say 76% of U.S. consumers, […]

People are refusing treatment because of money, Deloitte finds

Here are some amazing 2012 stats on the use and non-use of health care, from Deloitte. (Wonk alert!) Who stayed overnight in a hospital: 8 percent of Americans. Who took part in a wellness program in the last 12 months: 10 percent of Americans. Only 8 percent switched doctors; 76 percent are satisfied with their […]

ClearHealthCosts press coverage: Health News Review and The Observer

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

We were flattered to be featured on Health News Review not long ago. The review featured our blog post on health-care pricing, specifically MRI’s. The two posts they focused on, on “How much does an MRI Cost?” related what we had found  about pricing — in Part 1 and Part 2. “This is helpful, albeit […]