How much does an MRI cost? 7 U.S. databases that can help

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Price lists for medical treatment are just about our favorite thing over here at ClearHealthCosts. We think people should be able to know what stuff costs in health care, and anything that sheds light on that — however fragmentary or imperfect — is good, as far as we’re concerned. We’ve collected some resources, and are […]

Insuring the uninsured: Study finds multiple benefits

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Insuring the uninsured: Study finds multiple benefits

People with health insurance are happier,  healthier and more financially stable. People without health insurance are more depressed, less healthy and financially stable. These conclusions — from an Oregon study published July 7 by the National Bureau of Economic Research —  may seem obvious. But because of the fraught nature of the debate over health care, it’s […]

Shopping for insurance, Part 4: Subsidized options

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Shopping for insurance, Part 4: Subsidized options

Welcome to Part 4 of our handbook for people who are shopping for insurance. We’re planning several articles in this series, much like  our “Ways to Save” series, and we’re  archiving them on the site. Here’s Part I of the series,  Part 2 and Part 3. (We started out calling it “If you’re uninsured,” but we have […]

Roundup: Insurance, Medicaid, technology, house calls

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Illinois Insurance Chief (Soon to Head U.S. Insurance Office) Sees Market Becoming More Concentrated  —   Kaiser Health News “Are you hearing anecdotal stories from consumers? “We sure are. People in the pre-Medicare age have a lot of trouble receiving individual and family coverage. Historically someone in that group would receive an offer of coverage […]

Health cost fraud: The Most Wanted

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans

Health cost fraud: The Most Wanted

This is for real: a Web site from the Health and Human Services Department showing the most wanted fugitives committing Medicare and Medicaid fraud. For example: “Carlos, Luis, and Jose Benitez, commonly referred to as the Benitez brothers, allegedly schemed to submit false and fraudulent claims to Medicare, pocketing approximately $110 million from Medicare, according […]

Costs, fraud-busting and consolidation

Filed Under: Costs, Providers, Regulators

From the news: An appendectomy in Texas can cost as little as $1,747.35 at Providence Memorial Hospital in El Paso, or as much as $7,335.94 at Lake Pointe Medical Center in Rowlett, according to an interactive tool posted by The Texas Tribune.  The Tribune used public data from Medicaid, the joint state-federal health care program […]

Finding the money

Filed Under: Providers, Regulators

Finding the money

Groundbreaking reporting on the health-care payments system this year came from The Wall Street Journal.  The government is the largest payer of medical claims, and The Journal has made good use of what data it has to identify providers who have performed an outsize number of procedures, collected an outsize amount of money, and generally […]

Transparency and consequences: The roundup

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The business of the U.S. Government is mostly insurance and the military, writes Ezra Klein in the Washington Post, with a truly alarming chart. More. Dozens of recent medical studies show that Medicaid patients suffer for having it. In some cases, they’d do just as well without health insurance. Scott Gottlieb, The Wall Street Journal. […]