‘I always price out any labs or tests, even prescriptions’: How people shop for health care

‘I always price out any labs or tests, even prescriptions’: How people shop for health care

“I always price out any labs or tests, even prescriptions before hand the price variations are wild, I then choose the lowest’” — she commented on a Facebook post on my TED talk. I queried her: “Thanks for this! This is my TED talk. I’d like to write about your experience for my blog. Can […]

How much do lab tests cost: $9 or $275 with insurance? Or, how to shop for health care

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How much do lab tests cost: $9 or $275 with insurance? Or, how to shop for health care

When my TED talk was posted again recently on Facebook, with prominent mention of disparities in lab test costs, there were a lot of comments. This one stood out, so I’m putting it here as part of our “A friend writes” series. She’s in the Knoxville, Tenn., area. “Yup!!! “I had a panel of tests […]

How much does a breast biopsy cost, $1,000 or $2,342? She saved $1,842

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How much does a breast biopsy cost, $1,000 or $2,342? She saved $1,842

A community member shared this: PROCEDURE: 77031 Stereotact guide for brst bx PRICES: CHARGED: 1000.0 INSURED: 500.0 PAID: 500.0 REPORT DATE: 2019-03-01 SHARE DATE: 2019-03-01 22:54:27 UTC HOSPITAL: Houston Medical Imaging INSURER: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas OTHER INSURER: An employer INPUT BY: xxxxx PHONE: xxxx NOTES: MD Anderson Breast Care with Memorial Hermann […]

How much does kidney stone removal (lithotripsy) cost? One man’s surgery shopping experience

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How much does kidney stone removal (lithotripsy) cost? One man’s surgery shopping experience

A community member shared several prices for kidney stone treatment via our site. I asked him what was up, and we started a conversation. This is what resulted. Let’s call him Michael from the Louisville, Ky., area. Before we start, though, I want to note that a system requiring someone like Michael to go to […]

Under 1% of patients use this trick to save hundreds on medical bills: We’re featured on CNBC

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Under 1% of patients use this trick to save hundreds on medical bills: We’re featured on CNBC

“Last summer, I had one of those ‘$400 emergencies,’ except in my case it could have been a four-figure emergency, and a potentially life-threatening one to boot,” Ester Bloom writes over at CNBC, in a piece about shopping for health care that features us. “A primary care physician found a lump and sent me to […]

How much does a CT scan cost — $340 or $1,800? She saved $1,460.

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How much does a CT scan cost — $340 or $1,800? She saved $1,460.

A friend writes: “I have had a pain in my lower abdomen since I felt like I tore a muscle after lifting heavy boxes. “I was referred to hernia doctors and other orthopedic surgeons who said I didn’t have a hernia. Nevertheless, the pain persisted. I finally found an expert in muscle tears that do […]

How much do allergy tests cost? One woman’s reporting

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How much do allergy tests cost? One woman’s reporting

A friend said recently that she needed to get allergy tests in the New York area, but she wasn’t certain they would be covered under her insurance. She was planning to make inquiries, and I asked her to keep notes. I told her I’d post them without using her name. She writes: I’ve gotten around to culling […]

Yes, of course, people ARE shopping for health care. And they are saving money.

Yes, of course, people ARE shopping for health care. And they are saving money.

Every time people try to tell us that no one is shopping for health care, we object. People are shopping for health care. It’s surprising that  so many people cannot see this. A pair of recent studies concluded that little or no active or effective shopping around is getting done. Both are described on the blog of the […]