Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the long haul: Study finds many patients are experiencing new medical problems

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the long haul: Study finds many patients are experiencing new medical problems

“Hundreds of thousands of Americans have sought medical care for post-Covid health problems that they had not been diagnosed with before becoming infected with the coronavirus, according to the largest study to date of long-term symptoms in Covid-19 patients,” Pam Belluck writes over at The New York Times in an article about a study that […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and test avoidance: Why are some people not getting tested?

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and test avoidance: Why are some people not getting tested?

Earlier this fall, the predominantly Hasidic village of Kiryas Joel, N.Y., managed to drop its positive Covid test rate from 34.2% in the last week of September, to a shocking 4.2% just one month later, the Jewish-American news organization The Forward reported. According to The Forward, town leaders and Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and telemedicine: How do doctors and patients experience the virtual visit?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and telemedicine: How do doctors and patients experience the virtual visit?

By JEANNE PINDER and BEN GLICKMAN As telehealth has become more common with the Covid-19 pandemic, both doctors and patients are learning that it has many advantages — and downsides. While many simple conditions — a child’s rash, for example — might be fairly easy to diagnose and treat with telemedicine, other more complicated ailments […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and cancer: For cancer patients, pandemic brings new hurdles in and out of treatment

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and cancer: For cancer patients, pandemic brings new hurdles in and out of treatment

When the pandemic began in March, Tori Geib was finally stable, or so she thought. She had undergone the same chemotherapy treatment — her ninth course since her diagnosis with metastatic breast cancer in 2016 — for nearly a year. In April, she received the results from a scan: Her cancer had progressed to her […]

What it means to you: Oct. 1 and buying health insurance, an overview

You may have been hoping you could ignore the topic of health insurance, but Oct. 1 is almost here, and with it the new health insurance landscape brought by the Affordable Care Act. And we’re going to help you navigate through it. Here is an outline of what we’ll write about, basically a handbook on […]

New models of payment: Going direct, and cutting out the middleman

  This is the second part in our series of new models of payment in the health-care marketplace, touching employers and individuals. The first part is here. * * * * * Employers, patients and other health-care marketplace parties are increasingly cutting insurance companies out of the equation. We’ve written about cost-plus and Medicare-plus, which […]

How much does a mammogram cost? Our survey with WNYC: $0 to $2,786.95!

Summary: Women and their insurance companies are paying wildly varying prices for mammograms, and doctors and clinics are charging wildly varying prices, we found in our crowdsourcing project with the Brian Lehrer show on WNYC. Read on to learn more and hear some horror stories, or… CLICK HERE FOR PRICES    

No, that mammogram is not covered: an insurance saga

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Our friend who was  ordered to get a second mammogram, which was not covered by insurance, wrote to us again (if you missed it, here’s her first post.) Between insurance? You’ll learn a lot. So, about my quest to find out the price of a second mammogram, because my insurance covers only $600 in testing […]