Coronavirus tests wrong: What are false negatives? Why do inaccurate tests happen?

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Coronavirus tests wrong: What are false negatives? Why do inaccurate tests happen?

American patients who have gone through hell and high water to get a coronavirus test may be alarmed to learn about false negatives – what happens when a patient who actually has the virus gets a negative result on a laboratory test. The rate of accuracy for nasal swab tests, the mechanism overwhelmingly used to […]

How to negotiate for lower medical bills if you are uninsured or underinsured: Reddit

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How to negotiate for lower medical bills if you are uninsured or underinsured: Reddit

I noticed this piece on Reddit, and found it intriguing. I wrote to the author, who gave us permission to reproduce it here. Hey everyone, I used to work in medical billing/finance and have a pretty good understanding of how the billing system works. I have successfully used this knowledge to negotiate my medical bills, […]

How much do ostomy supplies cost? $192 or $45? $63.58 or $14? And where can you buy them?

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How much do ostomy supplies cost? $192 or $45? $63.58 or $14? And where can you buy them?

A friend asked me to tell her where to buy ostomy supplies, preferably the Cymed brand — because she had a friend coming to visit, and as a good hostess, knowing her friend, felt that having ostomy supplies was important for comfort. So I did some research. As always, Reddit is an interesting source of […]

Some things I have observed by using our shitshow of a healthcare system (US): Reddit

Some things I have observed by using our shitshow of a healthcare system (US): Reddit

This interesting piece of writing comes to us courtesy of Reddit, which calls itself “the front page of the internet.” She posted it on the subreddit channel r/self.povertyfinance. I saw it and reached out to her to ask if we could re-post on our blog because we are interested in her perspective. She agreed. She […]

We take your questions on Reddit: The ‘Cracking the Code’ AMA (Ask Me Anything)

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We take your questions on Reddit: The ‘Cracking the Code’ AMA (Ask Me Anything)

I went on Reddit on Aug. 24 with our partners, investigative reporter and anchor Lee Zurik at WVUE FOX 8 Live and  Jed Lipinski  at NOLA.com I The Times-Picayune, to do an “AMA” or “Ask Me Anything” open forum. To read the whole AMA, go here.  Here’s one exchange: [–]B4UGOTHERE 1 point 20 hours ago Where did you get the big […]

Is it cheaper to pay cash than to use your insurance? Maybe.

Is it cheaper to pay cash than to use your insurance? Maybe.

(Updated, 2019) Are you paying more for health care because you have health insurance than a cash customer pays? It’s definitely happening for some people. Many of us are accustomed to thinking that we pay insurance premiums to get access to a lower cost for health care procedures — that being the “negotiated rate” or […]