Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the doctors: Where should you go for treatment and advice? 

Filed Under: Costs, Patients

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the doctors: Where should you go for treatment and advice? 

Where should you go to get treated for Covid-19? Or to get advice? Well, it all depends.  Some patients, of course, will go to their regular doctor, or to a specialist, or to the emergency room. But increasingly, patients who have long term courses of the illness — they call themselves “long-haulers” — are finding […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and telemedicine: How do doctors and patients experience the virtual visit?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and telemedicine: How do doctors and patients experience the virtual visit?

By JEANNE PINDER and BEN GLICKMAN As telehealth has become more common with the Covid-19 pandemic, both doctors and patients are learning that it has many advantages — and downsides. While many simple conditions — a child’s rash, for example — might be fairly easy to diagnose and treat with telemedicine, other more complicated ailments […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the data guy: Demystifying trends and seeing into the future

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the data guy: Demystifying trends and seeing into the future

Continuing with our series of interviews of people involved in health care in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, I caught up with Niall Brennan, C.E.O. of the Health Care Cost Institute research group, former chief data officer of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and a former analyst at the Congressional Budget Office. […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and medicine: A New York surgeon tells us what his profession is like now

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and medicine: A New York surgeon tells us what his profession is like now

What’s it like to be a doctor in the middle of the pandemic? I had a chance not long ago to talk with a New York surgeon about his experiences, on the condition that we would not use his name. Here’s a transcript of our conversation, edited for length and clarity.  This is intended to […]

Pre-authorization is hell. Here’s why: Kevinmd.com

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Pre-authorization is hell. Here’s why: Kevinmd.com

“This April, my turn to take the medical board exam rolled back around, necessary every ten years for maintenance of certification. I studied diligently for the better part of three months … It was actually pleasurable to go back over details that I had forgotten and to catch up on newer developments in the field. […]

What your doctor wishes you knew about insurance: Guest post

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What your doctor wishes you knew about insurance: Guest post

Guest post by Dina D. Strachan, M.D. If one were to survey the public, it is not obvious whether being sick would rank as more frustrating than dealing with health insurance —- especially in these times of health reform and uncertainty. Doctors also sometimes find dealing with health insurance difficult —- especially when their patients […]

How much will that cost? Finding out medical prices in advance

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SUMMARY: How much will that cost? It’s a question consumers aren’t used to asking in the health care marketplace. Many of us grew up with the $10 co-pay, but that’s rapidly becoming a thing of the past. With rising deductibles, more out-of-network providers, more uninsured people and more out-of-pocket spending, it’s increasingly a question we […]

How much does a mammogram cost? Your tales of bills: $0 to $2,786.95.

  SUMMARY: We asked what you paid and what your insurance company paid for a routine mammogram. Sometimes it was straightforward: “Provider cost, including technician was $175. My insurance company paid $56.95. My cost zero.” Or this: “So [insurer]  paid $112.46 and I paid $25, totaling $137.46.” But then it started to get complicated: “Cost […]

Washington state cancer patients at risk for bankruptcy: Health Affairs

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“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 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 […]