Shop around for lab tests: Your insurance company says it’s your job

Shop around for lab tests: Your insurance company says it’s your job

Summary: Insurance companies are starting to urge people to shop around  for the best price for treatment. This is an interesting development, not least because many of us long thought that we bought insurance in order to make sure we were getting a good price for treatment, one ferreted out for us by our insurance […]

From Empire Blue Cross, coupons for Banana Dippers and Yoplait

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans

Does anyone else get grocery store discount coupons from their health insurance company? I signed up for Empire’s online tracking as part of my insurance plan. They sent an e-mail the other day, and when I got around to opening it I was surprised to see a number of coupon offers on the home page. […]

The cost: $3,232? Or $2,586.60? Or $775.68, or $250.94?

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

There’s been a lot of conversation lately about what insurance companies pay for medical procedures, a topic we’re deeply interested in. For example, there’s the Health Care Cost Institute database, which encompasses payment records from “data voluntarily supplied by Aetna, Humana, UnitedHealth and Kaiser Permanente, it covers 33 million Americans with employer-sponsored health insurance,” according to […]