Under 1% of patients use this trick to save hundreds on medical bills: We’re featured on CNBC

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Under 1% of patients use this trick to save hundreds on medical bills: We’re featured on CNBC

“Last summer, I had one of those ‘$400 emergencies,’ except in my case it could have been a four-figure emergency, and a potentially life-threatening one to boot,” Ester Bloom writes over at CNBC, in a piece about shopping for health care that features us. “A primary care physician found a lump and sent me to […]

How much does my medication cost? We saved her $275, or how people use our data

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How much does my medication cost? We saved her $275, or how people use our data

A friend writes: “I know that general health insurance isn’t what you specialize in at CHC.com, but I’m taking advantage of the fact that I know you to ask what I hope is an easy question for you to answer: “Can I change my crappy health insurance at this time of year — without a […]

We’re featured in a national TV investigation by Raycomm Media

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We’re featured in a national TV investigation by Raycomm Media

We were just featured in a national investigation by Raycomm Media’s investigations chief, Lee Zurik, who is also our partner in the “Cracking the Code” investigation in New Orleans. Zurik’s piece ran on a number of Raycomm stations nationwide. We had a lot of response, including this email from Jackson, Miss.: “I just saw a […]

How much does a CT scan cost — $340 or $1,800? She saved $1,460.

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How much does a CT scan cost — $340 or $1,800? She saved $1,460.

A friend writes: “I have had a pain in my lower abdomen since I felt like I tore a muscle after lifting heavy boxes. “I was referred to hernia doctors and other orthopedic surgeons who said I didn’t have a hernia. Nevertheless, the pain persisted. I finally found an expert in muscle tears that do […]

Hey, Humana! Can we help you figure out how much an X-ray costs?

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Hey, Humana! Can we help you figure out how much an X-ray costs?

Humana, the big health insurer, came visiting the other day to ask ClearHealthCosts how much an X-ray costs. They spent 8 minutes and 46 seconds reading this blog post. You can see on the screenshot here of our analytics program. Interestingly, they came to us via the sketchy informationvine.com search. They came lots of other […]

Yes, of course, people ARE shopping for health care. And they are saving money.

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Yes, of course, people ARE shopping for health care. And they are saving money.

Every time people try to tell us that no one is shopping for health care, we object. People are shopping for health care. It’s surprising that  so many people cannot see this. A pair of recent studies concluded that little or no active or effective shopping around is getting done. Both are described on the blog of the […]

Watching change happen in real time: How people use our data

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Watching change happen in real time: How people use our data

We got to watch a community member learn how to shop for health care in real time the other day, when our partners over at NOLA.com I The Times-Picayune were doing a Facebook Live. She came in in the comments, saying, “I pay my insurance over $500 a month. My out of pocket after my […]

Lab charges gone wrong: We saved her $247

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Lab charges gone wrong: We saved her $247

It’s a medical billing story with a happy ending. The share on our software for a Pap smear associated with a woman’s annual exam said the New Orleans area woman was charged $247, and she had to pay. She said this: “The yearly exam was covered. I choose the doctor because she was in my […]

She saved $3,786 on an MRI: How people use our data

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She saved $3,786 on an MRI: How people use our data

We received this email in connection with our Cracking the Code partnership in New Orleans: My doctor at Tulane University Medical Center had suggested an abdominal MRI as part of a portfolio of check-ups to better understand the possible trajectory of a hereditary condition that might affect me. I’m 27 years old, and wanted to […]