We collect and display cash or self-pay prices — what you would pay without insurance — for about 30-35 common, “shoppable” procedures. Why? To show the range of pricing for simple medical items, which can more or less be compared — as apples to apples. If you see that an MRI can cost $300 one […]
We’re excited to announce that our partnership with eight news organizations has been chosen as one of 40 semifinalists in the Knight Foundation Health News Challenge. Knight speeds media innovation by funding breakthrough ideas in news and information. In this challenge, they’re aided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, California HealthCare Foundation, Clinton Foundation and the Health […]
By Neel Shah Founder and Executive Director Costsofcare.org The policymakers we have tasked with improving our healthcare system mean well but have limited optics. I don’t blame them. Capitol Hill is a long way from the hospital bedside. Patients and their caregivers are much better positioned to see routine opportunities for improving the value of […]
Katherine Bouton, a former editor at The New York Times, is the author of “Shouting Won’t Help: Why I — and 50 Million Other Americans — Can’t Hear You.” This was originally posted on her Psychology Today blog, “What I Hear,” and is reposted with permission as the first part of our new series, “How […]
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 […]
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 […]
This piece is reposted with permission from Costs of Care, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Boston, which has as its misison expanding the national discourse on the role of doctors, nurses, and other care providers in health care spending, while empowering providers with the information they need to deflate medical bills on a grassroots level. * * […]
SUMMARY: Amazing acts of healing and grace — and upsetting episodes of overcharging. That’s what our contributors told us about in our joint project with the Brian Lehrer show on WNYC crowdsourcing the price of mammograms.
While conducting our price surveys, we have learned that some facilities charge based not only on income, but also on age. In particular, at some facilities, an annual exam for a woman over 40 years old is often as much as $50 more than for an 18-39 year old. When we asked why, we were […]
SUMMARY: When we did our project crowdsourcing the price of mammograms with the Brian Lehrer show at WNYC, we heard from some of you that you couldn’t afford a mammogram. We want to make you and others aware of free or low-cost mammograms.