How much does a blood pressure check with a physician’s assistant cost, $25 or $464?

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How much does a blood pressure check with a physician’s assistant cost, $25 or $464?

A blood pressure check and medication adjustment with a physician’s assistant costs $464? How can that be? The share was from New Orleans, and the provider is University Medical Center, a part of LCMC Health, the big New Orleans chain. “University Medical Center charged a $308 ‘facility fee’ and after insurance discounts I’m out of […]

Facility fees: She saved more than $300, or how to argue a bill

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Facility fees: She saved more than $300, or how to argue a bill

(Updated 2022) Let’s talk about saving on facility fees. A comment came in on one of our “facility fee” posts, explaining this mysterious charge, imposed by hospitals on top of a bill for medical treatment if a patient visits one of their facilities: “As of today, Jan. 30, 2019, this is still happening at Tulane […]

How much does a colonoscopy cost? $600 or $16,000?

How much does a colonoscopy cost? $600 or $16,000?

(Updated 2022) How much does a colonoscopy cost? It can vary: from $600 to more than $5,400, or even triple that — depending on, among other factors, where it’s done (doctor’s office or surgical center?), what the lab fees are (as in, what they find to test), how long the procedure lasts, what your anesthesia is, is […]