Health-care stories: The search for contraception

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Health-care stories: The search for contraception

We’re inviting people to share their stories of the health-care marketplace. Here’s one, as told to Juliet Linderman. Here’s the first. Liz, 25, Medicaid then Family Health Plus When Liz neared the end of her graduate studies in early 2010, she didn’t have a job lined up right away and made sure to visit her […]

Checkup: Doctor shortages, lost insurance, etc.

Checkup: Doctor shortages, lost insurance, etc.

Stealthy: “Alarmed by a shortage of primary care doctors, Obama administration officials are recruiting a team of ‘mystery shoppers’ to pose as patients, call doctors’ offices and request appointments to see how difficult it is for people to get care when they need it. The administration says the survey will address a ‘critical public policy problem’: […]

Health-care stories: Uninsured, collapsed lung

Filed Under: Costs, Patients

Health-care stories: Uninsured, collapsed lung

We’re inviting people to share their stories of the health-care marketplace. Here’s the first, as told to Juliet Linderman. Chris, photographer, 24, lives in New York City Chris is a 24-year-old freelance photographer living in New York City without health insurance. Two years ago, he was in Chelsea at a crowded networking event when he […]

The price of birth-control pills

Filed Under: Costs, Patients

The price of birth-control pills

“For millions of American women, birth control is beyond their reach,” writes Debra Marcus, chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of South Central New York. “For uninsured women, out-of-pocket costs are prohibitive; even for women with health insurance, related co-payments are often unaffordable. More than a third of women have struggled with the cost of […]

Meet my friend in the billing office, Part 2

Meet my friend in the billing office, Part 2

Did you ever wonder why the bill from your medical provider is $3,000, while the insurance company pays only a paltry few hundred dollars? There’s a reason. Walk with me through the billing office of a self-standing New York radiology center with my friend S. (Here’s our first visit to her office, complete with her […]

Uninsured patients pay more: A first-person account

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Uninsured patients pay more: A first-person account

A friend came over to fill out our “tell us what you paid” forms. I’ve taken out some of the details, and left others. “Kidnapped by ambulance” might be a better headline for this, a $2,859 unreimbursed emergency room experience (and don’t miss the $1,699 blood test). I did know that uninsured people pay the […]

If you’re uninsured, Part 2: The options

If you’re uninsured, Part 2: The options

Welcome to Part 2 of our handbook for people who are uninsured. We’re planning several articles in this series, much as we have started publishing our “Ways to Save” series, and we’ll then  archive them on the site. Here’s Part I of the uninsured series. The best way to start shopping for insurance is to know […]

Individual responsibility for health care

Individual responsibility for health care

‘”The internet has changed people’s relationships with information,” writes the invaluable Susannah Fox at the Pew Internet and American Life Project, in a new report about the social life of health information. ‘Our data consistently show that doctors, nurses, and other health professionals continue to be the first choice for most people with health concerns, […]