How much does a CT scan cost? He saved $2,010 on a UTI test. Here’s how to successfully argue a bill.

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

How much does a CT scan cost? He saved $2,010 on a UTI test. Here’s how to successfully argue a bill.

Three people shared CT scan prices here recently — one in Montana, for a  CT scan of abdomen and pelvis  that was charged at $2,956, when insurance paid $295.60 and the person paid $2,660.40. One-word comment: “Robbery.” (The Current Procedural Terminology or CPT code was 74176, scan without dye.) A second person shared the same thing […]

10 steps for appealing a claim or bill: Part 2 of our series on billing

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10 steps for appealing a claim or bill: Part 2 of our series on billing

So you got a huge bill, and you’re sure there’s been a mistake, either in the bill or the insurer’s processing of a claim. You want to appeal, because it’s a lot of money. Here’s a step-by-step course of action. We cannot guarantee that you will win, but at least you will have tried. Read first, […]

‘Insurance Warrior’ helps patients get pricey things covered: StatNews

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‘Insurance Warrior’ helps patients get pricey things covered: StatNews

Summary: “Her name is passed from one desperate family to another like an amulet,” Eric Boodman writes over at StatNews. “In phone conversations and online chat rooms, she’s mentioned at moments when the devout might call on a patron saint. A baby born with a deformed skull? ‘Call Laurie.’ An impossibly expensive cancer treatment? ‘Call […]

Hospital financial aid: She was uninsured, with appendicitis

Hospital financial aid: She was uninsured, with appendicitis

She  had spent a week in pain on the floor, curled up in a ball and crying, willing herself to believe her stomach hurt because she had the flu and unwilling to go to the hospital, partly because she was uninsured. Then her mom took her to the hospital, and that was the beginning of […]