“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. […]
“A recently published analysis of hospital prices shows Georgia in the top third among 25 states studied,” Andy Miller writes over at Georgia Health News about a Rand study that dives deep into high hospital prices nationwide. The original study is here. “The Rand Corp. data uses prices paid by health insurers under employer-based coverage, […]
Summary: Watching cash prices in health care, as we have for the past five years, we have noticed a few trends. Here’s one: cash prices vary across a fairly narrow band, in most cases, for most things. Another: More and more providers are quickly able to quote cash prices than were able to do so […]
Summary: “A top Texas health official is stepping down after co-authoring a study that drew strong backlash from Republican leaders for suggesting that cuts to Planned Parenthood are restricting access to women’s health care statewide,” Paul J. Weber writes for The Associated Press. “Rick Allgeyer, director of research at the Texas Health and Human Services […]
Summary: “The Supreme Court has put on hold a controversial 2013 Texas abortion law — a sign that it will likely take up the major abortion challenge in its next term. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals previously found the Texas restriction, which requires abortion clinics to make costly upgrades to become ambulatory surgical centers, […]
SUMMARY: Online health-cost pricing tools pop up every day, a reflection of the changing marketplace, and the way transparency in costs is rolling over the industry like an irresistible force. Some are better than others. We were interested, then, to see this Texas pricing tool.
A man crashes his bike and gets taken to the emergency room. The bill is more than $20,000 for the visit, which lasts a bit over 2 hours. He was taken to the highest level adult trauma center near the site of the crash in the Austin, Texas, area — University Medical Center Brackenridge, […]
From the news: An appendectomy in Texas can cost as little as $1,747.35 at Providence Memorial Hospital in El Paso, or as much as $7,335.94 at Lake Pointe Medical Center in Rowlett, according to an interactive tool posted by The Texas Tribune. The Tribune used public data from Medicaid, the joint state-federal health care program […]