Costs of cancer treatment: A reader’s story

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Costs of cancer treatment: A reader’s story

It’s an inspiring story: She has cancer. She was denied coverage for treatment by her insurance company, and she fought the decision — and won. One of our readers, Mary Schnack, told us her story about pain and triumph in the health-care system. She’s our heroine! “I have had endometrial stromal sarcoma (ESS) eight times […]

Generic birth-control pills: $4 or $10? Or $9? Or $50?

Generic birth-control pills: $4 or $10? Or $9? Or $50?

(Updated 2022) The marketplace for birth-control pills is pretty interesting, and it seems to change by the day. A woman we know who takes Ortho Tricyclen Lo got this letter  not long ago from her insurance company, encouraging her to stop taking the brand-name pill (for which she has a $50-a-month copay) and to instead […]

Paying for the pill: The ongoing birth control debate

Paying for the pill: The ongoing birth control debate

(Updated 2022) A roundup of opinions from the Web on the HHS ruling that insurers must cover birth control:   Planned Parenthood’s Bollywood video: The Planned Parenthood video supporting the HHS decision has gone viral.   Steven Colbert objects to objections: The birth-control decision is the end to humanity as we know it.  And what […]

Ways to save, Part 4: Aren’t medical prices regulated?

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Ways to save, Part 4: Aren’t medical prices regulated?

As part of our mission to help you save money by beating back your health-care costs, we’re running a series  giving practical consumer advice about the marketplace. Here’s the first post about saving money (we suggest that you always ask the price in advance); here’s the second (even in an emergency, ask!);  and ” target=”_blank”>the third […]

Checkup: Less surgery, more fraud, higher costs

Checkup: Less surgery, more fraud, higher costs

Less money for surgery: “HCA Holdings, the biggest for-profit hospital chain in the U.S., reported lower earnings than expected Monday. And one of the reasons might surprise you: some people appear to be forgoing surgery, in part, because of hard economic times. When the company looked at surgical admissions hospital by hospital, it found they declined 1.6 […]