North Carolina to post prices of hospital services: Modern Healthcare

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Modern Healthcare on a new North Carolina law, which will require hospitals to “shine a light on the actual prices paid by Medicare, Medicaid and the uninsured, as well as the average and range of prices paid by the top five insurers.” “ ‘For too long, North Carolina patients have been in the dark on […]

Q: How much do birth-control pills cost? A: $9 to $63, or $68 to $112.

Q: How much do birth-control pills cost? A: $9 to $63, or $68 to $112.

(Updated 2018) Birth control pills can come at very different prices. Sometimes they’re actually more expensive if you have insurance! Covered by insurance or not, there are a few things you need to know about how pricing works, and where you’ll pay a lot or a little. It’s different depending on your insurance, on your […]

The uninsured, state by state: Texas leads at 24 percent

In Texas, 24 percent of people are uninsured, according to figures collected by the Kaiser Family Foundation, in a  report and graphic based on 2011 figures. Next: Nevada 22 percent, New Mexico 21 percent. South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, California and Louisiana all have 21 percent of people lacking insurance. Mississipi: 19 percent. Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Arkansas, […]

What if workers refuse to buy health insurance because it costs too much?

This might be the most important article you read today: “Millions of lower-income workers may gain access to employer-sponsored health insurance under the Affordable Care Act — but they may decide not to purchase that coverage. “Most of the lowest-income workers currently offered health benefits elect not to enroll, according to a new study from […]

Finding consumer prices from hospitals is hard, study finds

  It’s hard for patients to find prices for medical procedures in advance, even for common things, a new study finds. Our readers won’t be surprised, but this was a  thorough investigation by a trio of respected scholars, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study catalogs the  scholars’ attempts to find […]

People are refusing treatment because of money, Deloitte finds

Here are some amazing 2012 stats on the use and non-use of health care, from Deloitte. (Wonk alert!) Who stayed overnight in a hospital: 8 percent of Americans. Who took part in a wellness program in the last 12 months: 10 percent of Americans. Only 8 percent switched doctors; 76 percent are satisfied with their […]

An accident and the consequences: Uninsured in Los Angeles

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

We’re inviting people to share their stories of the health-care marketplace. Here’s one, as told to Elizabeth Celms. While these stories talk a lot about insurance, this site is generally about price transparency — and of course, insurance and price transparency have a lot of overlap. The number of uninsured people is around 50 million in […]