When a doctor’s recommendation turns into $2,380 in bills, or how much does an MRI cost?

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

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When a doctor’s recommendation turns into $2,380 in bills, or how much does an MRI cost?

A community member shared with us the bare bones of a story: Two MRI bills at an imaging center in Scarborough, Maine, resulted in a bill for $2,380. “Doctor advised ‘spinal MRI’,  no indication given that procedure would be expensive or be billed separately for thoracic and lumbar regions of the spine,” wrote the community […]

Hey there, UnitedHealthCare! Can we help you figure out how much a sleep study costs?

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Hey there, UnitedHealthCare! Can we help you figure out how much a sleep study costs?

We’re always interested in seeing who’s visiting. Today, someone from UnitedHealthCare in Plymouth, Minn., spent 6 minutes reading our post about how much a sleep study costs. Here’s a screenshot from our Clicky analytics panel. We’re happy to be providing such valuable services to the insurance industry! It’s also clear that they found us by […]

How much do allergy tests cost? One woman’s reporting

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How much do allergy tests cost? One woman’s reporting

A friend said recently that she needed to get allergy tests in the New York area, but she wasn’t certain they would be covered under her insurance. She was planning to make inquiries, and I asked her to keep notes. I told her I’d post them without using her name. She writes: I’ve gotten around to culling […]

Hey, Humana! Can we help you figure out how much an X-ray costs?

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Hey, Humana! Can we help you figure out how much an X-ray costs?

Humana, the big health insurer, came visiting the other day to ask ClearHealthCosts how much an X-ray costs. They spent 8 minutes and 46 seconds reading this blog post. You can see on the screenshot here of our analytics program. Interestingly, they came to us via the sketchy informationvine.com search. They came lots of other […]

UnitedHealthcare came to visit us, a lot: See screenshot

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UnitedHealthcare came to visit us, a lot: See screenshot

We like it when we can educate the big incumbents in the health care arena. So when we see UnitedHealthcare spending so much time here, it makes us happy. Some of their searches: CPT vs. DRG, affordable psychotherapy, pulmonary compliance study, our “About” page, our “Team” page, a blog post about Massachusetts and Maryland as […]

How much does a brain MRI cost? Well, $250 or $1,850, or $8,000

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

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Summary: How much does a brain MRI cost? Well, $250 or $1,850 — or $8,000. “Had a problem with high deductible insurance. I decided not to deal with the insurance and just pay out of my HSA. The bill said my balance was $1850.00, however it also had a handwritten amount of $250.00. Not sure […]

Under one roof: Narrow networks, and provider-owned insurers

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Summary: Very, very narrow networks are rising in popularity. These often seem to be formed by an incumbent insurance company (think Aetna or UnitedHealthcare) with a local health care system. This is an interesting phenomenon, especially given the statements by UnitedHealthcare that it’s not making enough money on the health insurance plans under the Affordable […]