“When Pam Leonard felt a lump in her breast last November, she hesitated, debating whether to get testing to see if she had cancer,” Reed Abelson writes over at The New York Times. “She thought of her insurance policy, which carries a deductible of $2,600. She knew she would also have to spend as much […]
Summary: “If you’ve had a mammogram or plan to get one, you may not have given much thought to where you should go. We hope to help you understand your choices by beginning a conversation about how to measure quality in mammography,” Martha Bebinger writes at CommonHealth at WBUR public radio in Boston. “Our data […]
Summary: When journalism meets health care, the path is not always smooth. Here’s what happened when Melinda Beck, a Wall Street Journal reporter writing an article about health care pricing, got in touch with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center here in New York to check a price on the ClearHealthCosts.com web site.
Summary: “Offering women money, paid time off, or other incentives to undergo mammography screening is ‘ethically troubling,’ contends the author of a viewpoint published in the September 8 issue of JAMA. A better idea is to offer women incentives for using evidence-based decision aids, irrespective of their ultimate decision for or against screening, says Harald Schmidt, […]
This post appeared originally in MedPage Today, where I wrote it as part of our pricing transparency partnership with MedPage Today. Re-posted with permission. Summary: “I live in metro NY and received a bill for $2200 (approx) for a mammo/Ultrasound, of which approximately $767 was covered by insurance. I was balance billed $1,712,” the email […]
SUMMARY: How should you choose a mammogram facility? The best answer for that comes from an expert. Some questions were asked by community members during our recent crowdsourcing partnership with WNYC. Here’s a thoughtful, detailed explanation from Dr. Geraldine McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR, a radiologist who specializes in breast imaging.
SUMMARY: We are often asked how to find out prices in health care. There are some simple suggestions. In this case, we tell how to find the charged price for a mammogram, though the suggestions would work for any procedure. Keep reading for a list of tips, or … CLICK HERE FOR PRICES
Guest Post by Elisabeth Dale Elisabeth Dale is “changing the world, one boob at a time.” She is the founder of The Breast Life and author of bOObs: A Guide to Your Girls, a humorous and informative book about breasts. You can learn more about her book and her mission at http://www.thebreastlife.com. This post is reprinted with permission from […]
SUMMARY: Amazing acts of healing and grace — and upsetting episodes of overcharging. That’s what our contributors told us about in our joint project with the Brian Lehrer show on WNYC crowdsourcing the price of mammograms.
SUMMARY: We asked what you paid and what your insurance company paid for a routine mammogram. Sometimes it was straightforward: “Provider cost, including technician was $175. My insurance company paid $56.95. My cost zero.” Or this: “So [insurer] paid $112.46 and I paid $25, totaling $137.46.” But then it started to get complicated: “Cost […]