My uterus costs more than a Porsche: HuffPost

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My uterus costs more than a Porsche: HuffPost

“No, I’m not ovary-acting,” Leena Kulkarni writes over at Huffpost.  “After an abnormal Pap smear recently, I found myself in need of a colposcopy ― a fairly routine procedure in which doctors use binoculars to search for abnormal cells in the cervix.   After visually inspecting my goods, my OBGYN quelled my fears. Everything looked […]

What’s in our database? Prices, prices and more prices

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Summary: We collect and display cash or self-pay prices — what you would pay without insurance — for about 30-35 common, “shoppable” procedures. Why? To show the range of pricing for simple medical items, which can more or less be compared — as apples to apples. If you see that an MRI can cost $300 […]

Free birth control. Really? Well, sort of. And sort of not.

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Free birth control under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? Really? For everyone? Well, maybe not. You might  have to wait until 2014. The Affordable Care Act’s stipulation that preventive services should be free went into effect in August 2012, and many  women were ready to pick up their free birth control. Indeed, the ACA’s preventive […]

What do birth control pills cost? Indies, chains, and finding the best price

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As we wrote in an earlier blog post, when you need to fill a prescription, it pays to shop around. What do birth control pills cost? Prices can vary a little or a lot. Compare big box pharmacies, such as Rite Aid, CVS, Costco or Walgreens, with the little independent guys. The same is true […]

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

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Summary: 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 pill […]

How much does an annual well-woman exam cost? Things you should know

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Summary: How much does an annual well-woman gynecological exam cost? It’s recommended that all adult women have an annual gynecological exam — also known as a “well woman exam” — that includes a health history, breast exam, pelvic exam, Pap smear, physical exam and complete health screening. But what does it cost? Well, that depends.Keep […]