Checkup: The price of the pill, and the ongoing debate

Checkup: The price of the pill, and the ongoing debate

A roundup of opinions from the Web on the HHS ruling that insurers must cover birth control:   Planned Parenthood’s Bollywood video: The Planned Parenthood video supporting the HHS decision has gone viral.   Steven Colbert objects to objections: The birth-control decision is the end to humanity as we know it.  And what does a […]

The price of birth control: How much do those pills cost?

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

The price of birth control: How much do those pills cost?

Here at ClearHealthCosts.com, we do a lot of thinking about the price tag that comes along with health care. For women, birth control is a big part of that. About 37.2 million women between the ages of 15 and 44 practice some kind of contraception, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Around 28 percent them, or 10.7 […]

Ways to save, Part 4: Aren’t medical prices regulated?

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Ways to save, Part 4: Aren’t medical prices regulated?

As part of our mission to help you save money by beating back your health-care costs, we’re running a series  giving practical consumer advice about the marketplace. Here’s the first post about saving money (we suggest that you always ask the price in advance); here’s the second (even in an emergency, ask!);  and ” target=”_blank”>the third […]

Health-care costs: Uninsured, then an employer

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Health-care costs: Uninsured, then an employer

We’re inviting people to share their stories of the health-care marketplace. Here’s one, as told to Juliet Linderman. (While we seem to be writing a lot about insurance lately, this site is generally about price transparency — and of course, insurance and price transparency have a lot of overlap.) For previous ones, click here and […]

Health-care stories: A $1,200 bill, and no, it’s not covered.

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Health-care stories: A $1,200 bill, and no, it’s not covered.

We’re inviting people to share their stories of the health-care marketplace. Here’s one, as told to Juliet Linderman. While these stories  talk a lot about insurance, this site is generally about price transparency — and of course, insurance and price transparency have a lot of overlap. And if you’re uninsured, you might find creative ways […]

Checkup: Charging the doctor, subsidies, spending, strategy

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Checkup: Charging the doctor, subsidies,  spending, strategy

Steaming: “Elaine Farstad got antsy as she waited for her doctor, who was late for her scheduled appointment. Then she got downright impatient. Then, as nearly two hours passed, she got mad. Then she came up with an idea. ‘I decided to bill the doctor,’ she says. ‘If you waste my time, you’ve bought my time.’” Elizabeth […]

Health-care stories: The search for contraception

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Health-care stories: The search for contraception

We’re inviting people to share their stories of the health-care marketplace. Here’s one, as told to Juliet Linderman. Here’s the first. Liz, 25, Medicaid then Family Health Plus When Liz neared the end of her graduate studies in early 2010, she didn’t have a job lined up right away and made sure to visit her […]

Checkup: Stealth poll shelved, insurance denials

Checkup: Stealth poll shelved, insurance denials

Rolling back: “The Obama administration said Tuesday that it had shelved plans for a survey in which ‘mystery shoppers’ posing as patients would call doctors’ offices to see how difficult it was to get appointments.” Robert Pear, The New York Times. Quality of care: Clearhealthcosts.com concerns itself primarily with prices of care, not with quality. […]

Massachusetts: Cost-cutting strategies aren’t working

Massachusetts: Cost-cutting strategies aren’t working

Massachusetts has been in the forefront of health reform. So it was dispiriting to learn in a Massachusetts health reform report issued June 22 that the state’s test of one of the most-hoped-for reforms changes has failed to cut costs. In fact, most of the news in the report was relatively gloomy: it suggested that […]