Breast cancer while uninsured: One woman’s story

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Breast cancer while uninsured: One woman’s story

“I must admit that I chose to be uninsured,” C. wrote to me. “My work does not provide health insurance and I looked into during the fall of 2014, excited to have real health care options. I am 33 years old, and could comfortably afford an insurance that was $160 per month. I punched in […]

Let’s get to work: Ways to save money on health care

SUMMARY: Once upon a time, many of us had a health insurance plan that gave us most of what we needed for a $10 or $20 co-pay. That’s no longer true: many of us now are on insurance plans with a high deductible, a high co-pay, out of network, out of pocket — or paying a percentage […]

How to shop smart for medications: A simple binder method

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

This post about how to buy medications thoughtfully as a smart consumer appeared on one of my online groups. I thought it was so wise that I asked the author if I could post it here, and she agreed. The writer is Moyra Phillips, Huntsville, Ala., who identifies herself as “a wife, mother, grandmother.” The […]

Paying cash for cancer care: Advice on costs from members at

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers provides a private, state-of-the-art forum for conversations among cancer patients, family members, and friends. By sharing information, experience, and mutual support, everyone learns to handle their situation better and lives are changed. The free service is supported by researchers and companies who pay for brief, insightful surveys and anonymous aggregated opinions from the membership. […]