Texas health official out after study on Planned Parenthood

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Summary: “A top Texas health official is stepping down after co-authoring a study that drew strong backlash from Republican leaders for suggesting that cuts to Planned Parenthood are restricting access to women’s health care statewide,” Paul J. Weber writes for The Associated Press. “Rick Allgeyer, director of research at the Texas Health and Human Services […]

How much does an abortion cost? Well, from $0 to $3,275

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

How much does an abortion cost? Well, from $0 to $3,275

(Updated August 2019) How much does an abortion cost? As you guessed, it can vary: from $0 to over $3,000 depending on, among other factors, how long you’ve been pregnant, how you’re paying and, increasingly, where you live. Insurance policies have different coverages. Different states treat abortion differently, including how late state providers are allowed to do abortions, […]

How much does an STD test cost? $0 or $600? One man’s journey, and some prices

Filed Under: Costs, Editor Picks, Patients

How much does an STD test cost? $0 or $600? One man’s journey, and some prices

(Updated January 2019) Different places charge very different prices for an STD test. We know a 27-year-old man with a common problem. He’s uninsured, he’s not wealthy, and he wanted to know: How much does an STD test cost? This man is sexually active, and he recently learned that an ex-girlfriend has been diagnosed with […]

The price of birth-control pills

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The price of birth-control pills

“For millions of American women, birth control is beyond their reach,” writes Debra Marcus, chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of South Central New York. “For uninsured women, out-of-pocket costs are prohibitive; even for women with health insurance, related co-payments are often unaffordable. More than a third of women have struggled with the cost of […]