Coronavirus (Covid-19) insurance: Anthem offering $2.5B in financial assistance to members, providers

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

“Anthem will make $2.5 billion in financial assistance available to customers and providers as they weather the coronavirus pandemic, including premium credits for cash-strapped members and funding to assist docs in standing up telehealth programs,” Paige Minemyer wrote for Fierce Healthcare. “Anthem will make premium credits of between 10% and 15% available to select individual market plans […]

Non-coronavirus medical care: Going to the doctor has changed, so what can you do?

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Non-coronavirus medical care: Going to the doctor has changed, so what can you do?

The simple act of going to the doctor has changed in the era of coronavirus (COVID-19). In general, most of us don’t want to go to the hospital or doctor’s office unless we absolutely have to, and that feeling is multiplied exponentially in this time of coronavirus, when it seems obvious that a hospital is […]

Texas prison health costs are rising. Experts cite an aging population: The Texas Tribune

Filed Under: Costs, Patients

Texas prison health costs are rising. Experts cite an aging population: The Texas Tribune

“Even though Texas’ prison population shrank this decade, the publicly funded costs to treat inmates’ medical conditions continue to rise,” Davis Rich writes in The Texas Tribune. “The state spent over $750 million on prison health care during the 2019 fiscal year, a 53% increase from seven years earlier, when that cost was less than $500 million. […]

How much does mental health care cost? Telemental Health, Part 5 in our series

How much does mental health care cost? Telemental Health, Part 5 in our series

Cost and convenience have prevented millions of Americans from seeking access to mental health care. Yet new technologies can make services more accessible, whether consumers choose online therapy, seek to connect and share information with fellow patients through online support groups, or use a number of apps on the market that help patients fight anxiety […]

Why telemedicine has been a bust: CNBC.com

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Why telemedicine has been a bust: CNBC.com

“The next big thing in health care? For more than a decade, it was supposed to be telemedicine,” Christina Farr writes over at CNBC.com. “Billions of investment dollars have been poured into apps and websites that offer this virtual consultations with physicians, ranging from Doctor on Demand to American Well. The theory behind them is […]

Telemedicine: How much does a phone call with a doctor cost? $40.

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

SUMMARY: Here’s a startup that will charge you $40 for a phone consultation with a doctor.     “They are your health dollars and it is your valuable time. Spend them wisely!” is the motto of this startup, Doctor on Demand, which just raised $3 million in venture capital funding. One co-founder is Adam Jackson; […]