Write a health-cost essay; win part of $4,000 in prizes from Costs of Care

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

By Neel Shah Founder and Executive Director Costsofcare.org The policymakers we have tasked with improving our healthcare system mean well but have limited optics. I don’t blame them. Capitol Hill is a long way from the hospital bedside. Patients and their caregivers are much better positioned to see routine opportunities for improving the value of […]

‘Looking through my eyes’ — a saga of lupus and health care

This piece is reposted with permission from Costs of Care, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Boston, which has as its misison expanding the national discourse on the role of doctors, nurses, and other care providers in health care spending, while empowering providers with the information they need to deflate medical bills on a grassroots level. * * […]

Stable but stranded: Successful treatment in a failed system

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

The following essay is by Dhruv Khullar, a fourth year medical student at the Yale School of Medicine and a contestant in the 2012 Costs of Care Essay Contest.  We at clearhealthcosts.com support the mission and the people at costsofcare.org, founded by Dr. Neel Shah of Boston, and are happy to reprint these essays with permission.  By the time I […]

When ‘Pound Foolish’ Hurts: A Costs of Care essay

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The following anecdote is by James Bliwas from Ohio, a winner of the 2012 Costs of Care Essay contest.  We at clearhealthcosts.com support the mission and the people at costsofcare.org, founded by Dr. Neel Shah of Boston, and are happy to reprint these essays with permission.  *  *  *  *  * When my 40-year old sister […]

Uncertainty and the challenge of being an informed patient: A winning essay from costsofcare.org

The following anecdote is by Erin Plute, a medical student at Emory University from Marietta, Ga., and a winner of the 2012 Costs of Care Essay contest.  We at clearhealthcosts.com support the mission and the people at costsofcare.org, founded by Dr. Neel Shah of Boston, and are happy to reprint these essays with permission.  * […]

New essay contest from Costsofcare.org

Guest Post from Neel Shah, M.D. Costs of Care Essay Contest 2012: Stories from Patients and their Caregivers Uncover Opportunities to Improve Healthcare Value As a presidential election looms and the American economy struggles to recover, the spiraling costs of healthcare have become a contentious political focal point without an obvious solution. Yet for patients […]

Costs of Care: Heart failure treatment, $100

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Costs of Care (Twitter: @CostsOfCare), where this post was originally published, is a Boston-based nonprofit organization that helps caregivers deflate medical bills and provide high value care. As part of the 2011 Costs of Care Essay Contest, more than 100 anecdotes were shared by patients and providers around the country that illustrate the role of cost-awareness in […]

A Boston doctor’s work: Shedding light on costs

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Talking about health costs in an effort to reduce them is the goal for Dr. Neel Shah, who started Costs of Care, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Boston, about two years ago. He is a senior resident in obstetrics and gynecology at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.  We asked him […]