One company behind those surprise emergency room bills: The New York Times

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

One company behind those surprise emergency room bills: The New York Times

“Early last year, executives at a small hospital an hour north of Spokane, Wash., started using a company called EmCare to staff and run their emergency room. The hospital had been struggling to find doctors to work in its E.R., and turning to EmCare was something hundreds of other hospitals across the country had done,” […]

‘Sorry, We Don’t Take Obamacare’: The New York Times

Filed Under: Costs, Health reform

‘Sorry, We Don’t Take Obamacare’: The New York Times

Summary: “Amy Moses and her circle of self-employed small-business owners were supporters of President Obama and the Affordable Care Act,” Elisabeth Rosenthal writes in The New York Times, looking at the A.C.A. landscape. “They bought policies on the newly created New York State exchange. But when they called doctors and hospitals in Manhattan to schedule […]

Health insurance subsidy levels and premiums, by state: A chart

Health insurance subsidy levels and premiums, by state:  A chart

SUMMARY: As many as 7 million  people may qualify for insurance that is entirely or almost entirely paid for by U.S government subsidies.   In some states, as many as 40 percent of the currently uninsured will be able to get health insurance for a $0 monthly premium, because their income level brings a full subsidy […]

Greed, commerce, Underpaid Docs: N.Y. Times readers on medical tourism

Greed, commerce, Underpaid Docs: N.Y. Times readers on medical tourism

The poster child for medical tourism in Libby Rosenthal’s excellent New York Times piece on people traveling out of the U.S. for medical care is a man who needed a hip replacement that his insurance wouldn’t cover. He had a choice: pay $65,000 for surgery in the U.S, or $13,660 in Belgium, from soup to […]