Shopping for health care — here’s what one woman does

Shopping for health care — here’s what one woman does

Have you ever been stuck paying a really high fee for a lab test? You might be surprised to learn that some patients are shopping for health care — pricing out laboratory work, blood tests, and prescriptions before even heading to the doctor. Here’s what one patient commented on Facebook, and how we chronicled her […]

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

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

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

(Updated 2022) 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 […]

Kidney stone removal or lithotripsy: How much does it cost?

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Kidney stone removal or lithotripsy: How much does it cost?

(Updated 2022) Kidney stone removal, or lithotripsy, uses shock waves or lasers to break down stones in the kidney, gallbladder, or ureters. Procedure costs can vary. One of our community members shared several prices for treatment via our site, and we started a conversation. Let’s call the community member Michael from the Louisville, Ky. area.  […]

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.

(Updated 2022) 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 […]

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

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

(Updated 2022) 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 on what the allergy tests cost. I told her I’d post them without using […]

Yes, of course, people DO shop for health care. And they are saving money.

Yes, of course, people DO shop for health care. And they are saving money.

(Updated 2022) Every time people try to tell us that no one is shopping for health care, we object. People do shop 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 […]

Yes, people shop for healthcare. But are they good at it?

Yes, people shop for healthcare. But are they good at it?

(Updated 2022) Do people really “shop” for healthcare? And if they do, do they do it well or poorly? It’s both complicated and pretty simple; let’s discuss. We used to hear “no one shops for healthcare.” But we know that not to be true; here’s a blog post I wrote about how people are doing just […]