Amanda Palmer’s Twitter feed: #insurancepoll revisited

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Since launching #InsurancePoll on Twitter last week (read about it here), Amanda Palmer’s trending insurance survey has stirred overwhelming response. Palmer is the indy rock star who — motivated by New York Times columnist Nick Kristof’s piece about 10 days ago,  about his college roommate’s struggle with cancer as an uninsured person — asked her 702,000 […]

What does it cost? Why the question matters.

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

  Casey Quinlan of Mighty Casey Media (Twitter @MightyCasey, @CancerForXmas) gave powerful voice to a patient’s perspective on controlling medical costs on the email list of the Society for Participatory Medicine. Casey is a writer, speaker and media consultant, who was asked to write a blog post on the topic, which is reprinted here.  Reblogged with permission from Epatients.net.     […]

The cost: $3,232? Or $2,586.60? Or $775.68, or $250.94?

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

There’s been a lot of conversation lately about what insurance companies pay for medical procedures, a topic we’re deeply interested in. For example, there’s the Health Care Cost Institute database, which encompasses payment records from “data voluntarily supplied by Aetna, Humana, UnitedHealth and Kaiser Permanente, it covers 33 million Americans with employer-sponsored health insurance,” according to […]

A portrait of the uninsured: Skipping care

Low-income people spend longer amounts of time being uninsured, and skip needed care because they’re uninsured, according to a new study by the Commonwealth Fund. This in itself may not be surprising, but the depths of the problem are: 35 percent of low-income families and 18 percent of moderate-income families have been uninsured for two […]

A walk-in visit: Urgent Care Manhattan

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

A walk-in visit: Urgent Care Manhattan

When two former emergency room doctors decided to start up a walk-in clinic, they were looking for a change from the hustle of the hospital setting. “We realized we could have a kinder, gentler, nicer way to take care of patients,” said Urgent Care Manhattan co-founder Dr. Mark Melrose. Urgent Care Manhattan has been open […]