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 […]

Q: How much do birth-control pills cost? A: $9 to $63, or $68 to $112.

Q: How much do birth-control pills cost? A: $9 to $63, or $68 to $112.

(Updated 2018) Birth control pills can come at very different prices. Sometimes they’re actually more expensive if you have insurance! Covered by insurance or not, there are a few things you need to know about how pricing works, and where you’ll pay a lot or a little. It’s different depending on your insurance, on your […]

How much does a sleep study cost? Well, $600 or $5,070

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

How much does a sleep study cost? Well, $600 or $5,070

(Updated, Oct. 2019) Daytime dozing, excessively loud snoring and fitful sleep are all reasons to have a sleep study. So how much does a sleep study cost? The answer: it depends. Keep reading for more information and advice. There are several different types of sleep studies.  ClearHealthCosts researched the most common ones. A polysomnography (medical […]

A few thoughts about the health-care marketplace

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Is it time for rate-setting in the health-care marketplace? Is it time for single-payer health care? Or an end to the entire for-profit system of mis-aligned incentives? Or transparency? Can we continue in this vein? The article Steven Brill wrote in Time magazine’s current issue about the rising cost of health care, “Bitter Pill,” has brought a […]