The STD Project: Speaking out about an issue with a stigma

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

The STD Project: Speaking out about an issue with a stigma

SUMMARY: When most people test positive for a sexually transmitted disease, they do the exact opposite of what Jenelle Marie did. She started a website detailing her experiences and invited others to tell their own stories. Do you want to know what an STD test costs? Read on for what we learned, or… CLICK HERE […]

A comparison of monthly insurance premiums: Highest are MA, NY, NJ… and AK

How much does health insurance cost? Well, that depends. We picked up this chart online from healthinsurancesort. com, which got the info from ehealthinsurance.com. You might notice that both of the sources are selling insurance, and so … with anything else, you might want to consider the source. However, it’s too interesting to ignore: highest […]

When is a mammogram not a mammogram? Different tests, different names

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

SUMMARY: What are the different kinds of mammogram? The most common imaging test for breast cancer detection is the mammogram, but it’s not the only one. A mammogram is an X-ray photo of the breasts. Just as you can see the shadow of your hand on a sunny day, breast tissue creates a shadow on the […]

Your doctor ordered a second mammogram? Sorry, it’s not covered

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

A friend writes: I need to get a second mammogram and my $743.55 per month Blue Cross insurance will not pay for it. I have a (single parent/child) Blue Cross/Blue Shield independent Horizon EPO Plus health insurance policy.  I’ve been told that I’ve already reached my maximum for the calendar year of $600 in testing. […]

Our WNYC collaboration

How much do birth-control pills and mammograms cost? How much do birth-control pills cost? How much does a simple procedure like a mammogram cost? Prices vary widely in health care. Many people don’t know that, because it’s an opaque marketplace. We are working to bring transparency by telling people what things cost. Transparent markets benefit […]

The people speak on the cost of care: Comments on the news

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

There are fascinating comments on the stream at the Well blog on nytimes.com for the Libby Rosenthal piece about the study seeking the price of a hip replacement, which was the topic of an article by Reuters also (where I was quoted), and an article by Chad Terhune in The Los Angeles Times. Our friend Robert […]

Finding consumer prices from hospitals is hard, study finds

  It’s hard for patients to find prices for medical procedures in advance, even for common things, a new study finds. Our readers won’t be surprised, but this was a  thorough investigation by a trio of respected scholars, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study catalogs the  scholars’ attempts to find […]