Health pricing is chaotic: The Wall Street Journal

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

  “To appreciate what’s wrong with the current system, imagine four patients identical in every way except for their insurance coverage. They report to the same doctor for a routine procedure, say, a colonoscopy,” writes Joseph Rago in an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal, arguing that an unfettered free market will take care […]

Study Finds New York Hospitals Flout Charity Rules: NYTimes.com

From Nina Bernstein at The New York Times,  on how hospitals deal with charity aid: “Ms. Rubel’s medical problem was rare, a result of a benign tumor on her adrenal gland, but the financial consequences were not unusual. She depleted her savings to pay $17,000 for surgery to remove the tumor, and then watched, ’emotionally […]

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 […]

Around the Web: M.D. ratings, varied care, rising costs

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Around the Web: M.D. ratings, varied care, rising costs

The best piece I’ve read about doctor ratings sites is on Salon, by Dr. Rahul Parikh. Excerpt: “I recently Googled myself to determine how I fared on sites like Healthgrades, which exclusively rates doctors; and Yelp! and Angie’s List, which grade doctors alongside restaurants and plumbers. The results were inconclusive. Many sites had me listed but not […]