What are the most common medical procedures? We are interested in knowing, so we did some research. Blood transfusion, it turns out, and childbirth. Oh, and circumcision. According to a list of the top 10 procedures billed to Medicare in U.S. hospitals in 2003, excluding pregnancy and childbirth, as published by the Agency for […]
A new (to us) transparency player: HealthGram, from North Carolina. They do benefits administration, price negotiation, prevention management–health care, dental care, FSA and HSA, compliance etc. They have this interesting fee schedule calculator, which they use to predict and negotiate fees, based on the Medicare schedule. They also help employers providers develop networks, manage […]
“To appreciate what’s wrong with the current system, imagine four patients identical in every way except for their insurance coverage. They report to the same doctor for a routine procedure, say, a colonoscopy,” writes Joseph Rago in an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal, arguing that an unfettered free market will take care […]
Summary: We’re hard at work over here at ClearHealthCosts, providing you with tools to make your health-care costs transparent. This is a bit arcane, but here goes: what I’m about to tell you reflects the way our health-care marketplace works. Keep reading, or … CLICK HERE FOR PRICES
Summary: A friend writes: In July, a close friend of mine celebrated his 65th birthday. My friend, who I’ll call Howard, spent the weeks leading up to his birthday reviewing his options for Medicare enrollment, carefully picking the plans that made most sense for him: a Part A plan for hospitalizations; a Part B plan […]
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 […]
We heard from our friend Victoria Olsen not long ago about the wrenching events in her life. Here’s the second of two parts about her father’s illness; the first is here, detailing the car crash that ultimately revealed the brain tumor he was suffering from.
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 […]