Summary: Managing chronic conditions like diabetes can be costly, even if you have insurance. We’re starting a segment in our PriceCheck project to crowdsource the price of a common diabetic supply, the test strip. This is the fourth item in our PriceCheck series; the first three were mammograms, MRI’s, and IUD’s. You can not only […]
Summary: Price transparency has some unexpected consequences. Stanford, the big university-centered health system, cut off its contract with Anthem Blue Cross, the big California insurer, yesterday. Anthem struck back at Stanford, announcing publicly that Stanford had ended the contract, and citing our PriceCheck information in its press release.
(Updated September 2019) What does an X-ray cost? You could be paying $20, or $402.05. We even heard of a $988 X-ray, for which the patient — an insured person! — is being asked to pay $500. You would think something like an X-ray would have fairly uniform pricing. Think again. Our community members shared […]
Summary: Early results from our California crowdsourcing project on MRI prices are in. Payments range from $255 to $2,925.15. MRI pricing is a complete mystery: What should you pay? Can you ask for a discount? We’ve been looking at health-care prices for three years, so if we say it’s a mystery, we can imagine what […]
Summary: MRI pricing is fascinating because the disparities are so wide. It’s basically a fairly routine procedure (I’ve had one myself) and yet we have providers reporting prices to us ranging from as little as $295 to to $10,246 at UCSF-Mount Zion. CLICK HERE FOR PRICES
Culture change is here. People are upset about their health costs, and they’re acting like consumers in the marketplace. They’re looking for value, and for providers who will cure their ills and treat them like thinking beings. We know this because they’re telling us on our PriceCheck project, crowdsourcing health-care prices with our partners KQED public radio […]
Summary: Insurer payments for mammograms in California seem to be higher than they are in New York, according to preliminary results from our PriceCheck crowdsourcing project with KQED public radio in San Francisco and KPCC/Southern California Public Radio in Los Angeles.
Summary: Insurer payments for mammograms in California range from $134.41 to $1,200, according to preliminary results from our crowdsourcing project with KQED public radio in San Francisco and KPCC/Southern California Public Radio in Los Angeles.
Summary: On Twitter, the hashtag #HCPT stands for Health Care Price Transparency. People use that hashtag to anchor discussions about healthcare pricing, resources for finding out “how much is that” in healthcare, negotiating price with healthcare providers, and the ins and outs of understanding your insurer’s Explanation Of Benefit (EOB) statements, and any other healthcare […]
Summary: KQED, Southern California Public Radio and ClearHealthCosts.com invite California residents to share the cost of medical procedures through Price Check, a groundbreaking crowdsourced database of health care prices, which was launched today. California is one of the largest health care markets in the world and Price Check, which will be a community-created database of […]