Pharmacies morph into primary-care health destinations: HealthPopuli.com

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Pharmacies morph into primary-care health destinations: HealthPopuli.com

“The business and mission of pharmacies are being re-shaped by several major market forces, most impactful being uncertain health reform prospects at the Federal level — especially for Medicaid, which is a major payor for prescription drugs,” Jane Sarasohn-Kahn writes over at Health Populi. “Medicaid covered 14% of retail prescriptions dispensed in 2016, according to QuintilesIMS; […]

Pharmacy raises price of generic drug 3,000%: Problem and solution

Pharmacy raises price of generic drug 3,000%: Problem and solution

Summary: “You probably remember hearing the news a few weeks ago about a greedy hedge fund manager who acquired the rights to sell a life-saving medication just so he could raise the price of it by about 5,000%,” Dr. David Belk writes over at Huffington Post. “That was a pretty evil thing to do, and it […]

How Health Insurance Companies Keep Your Premiums High: Guest post

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

How Health Insurance Companies Keep Your Premiums High: Guest post

  GUEST POST SUMMARY: Many insurance plans make you go to an approved doctor at an approved hospital for approved procedures and take approved drugs. Even doctors often don’t have much say in this. We hand all this control to insurance companies and they use it, they say, to control their own costs. Is that all […]

How much does a flu shot cost? $14.99 or $35? Or $31.99, or $28?

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How much does a flu shot cost? $14.99 or $35? Or $31.99, or $28?

  How much does a flu shot cost? So far: $31.99 at Walgreen’s, and $14.99 at Costco for a “trivalent shot,” as you can see from this picture I took the other day. This map from flushot.healthmap.org says the Stop & Shop up the road is charging $35 for the same thing, while Target charges […]

How much does a flu shot cost? $14.99 at Costco, $31.99 at Walgreen’s. Here’s a price list, and map.

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

How much does a flu shot cost? $14.99 at Costco, $31.99  at Walgreen’s. Here’s a price list, and map.

SUMMARY: How much does a flu shot cost?  Prices seem to change, but recent info suggests it was $31.99 at Walgreen’s, and $14.99 at Costco for a “trivalent shot”– and as much as $159.84 in some cases.      Flu shot costs are all over the map. For some of us it doesn’t matter: they’re […]

A groundbreaking lab test startup: A Drop of Blood. An Instant Diagnosis

A groundbreaking lab test startup: A Drop of Blood. An Instant Diagnosis

There’s a new lab testing service that is quick, painless, inexpensive and  more accurate than the current systems, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. It’s called Theranos, and it was founded by a Stanford dropout named Elizabeth Holmes. It is announcing a partnership on Monday with Walgreen’s to do quick blood testing […]

What vaccines do people need? Where can you get vaccines?

What vaccines do people need? Where can you get vaccines?

Where can I get vaccinated? Does insurance cover vaccinations? How much does an out-of-pocket vaccination cost? As of September 2010, the Health Care Reform Law requires insurance companies to cover certain preventive treatments, including general vaccinations, although in reality there are many “yes, but….” subtleties and some “grandfathered” insurance plans are exempt from this law. […]