How much does a CT scan cost — $340 or $1,800? She saved $1,460.

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How much does a CT scan cost — $340 or $1,800? She saved $1,460.

A friend writes: “I have had a pain in my lower abdomen since I felt like I tore a muscle after lifting heavy boxes. “I was referred to hernia doctors and other orthopedic surgeons who said I didn’t have a hernia. Nevertheless, the pain persisted. I finally found an expert in muscle tears that do […]

She saved $3,786 on an MRI: How people use our data

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She saved $3,786 on an MRI: How people use our data

We received this email in connection with our Cracking the Code partnership in New Orleans: My doctor at Tulane University Medical Center had suggested an abdominal MRI as part of a portfolio of check-ups to better understand the possible trajectory of a hereditary condition that might affect me. I’m 27 years old, and wanted to […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and long-haulers: Uninsured long-haulers, faced with mysterious symptoms, must navigate financial perils

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and long-haulers: Uninsured long-haulers, faced with mysterious symptoms, must navigate financial perils

In June, during his second week of having Covid-like symptoms, Andrew Ficker took a turn for the worse. His left arm went numb, he had pain in his chest and he felt dizzy. He went to the emergency room, fearing that he was in the middle of a heart attack. Over the next month and […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the data guy: Demystifying trends and seeing into the future

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the data guy: Demystifying trends and seeing into the future

Continuing with our series of interviews of people involved in health care in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, I caught up with Niall Brennan, C.E.O. of the Health Care Cost Institute research group, former chief data officer of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and a former analyst at the Congressional Budget Office. […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and bills: I didn’t have to pay a penny of my $320,000 Covid-19 bill- Slate

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and bills: I didn’t have to pay a penny of my $320,000 Covid-19 bill- Slate

“In March, I came down with a life-threatening case of COVID-19,” David Lat writes over at Slate. “I spent 16 nights in the hospital, including a week in the intensive care unit. I underwent an emergency intubation, followed by six days on a ventilator. I received services from multiple specialists -— experts in critical care, […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and health insurance: What you need to know

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and health insurance: What you need to know

So you’re worried about your health insurance given the coronavirus epidemic. You’re not alone. Whether you have or had job-sponsored insurance, or were on the state exchanges, or were uninsured before COVID-19 hit, it’s a topic of concern. Here are some situations, with answers. You lost your job and need insurance to replace employer-sponsored insurance. […]

Not everyone has eye-popping deductibles, or how one union kept medical bills in check: Los Angeles Times

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Not everyone has eye-popping deductibles, or how one union kept medical bills in check: Los Angeles Times

“Even as soaring insurance deductibles wreak financial havoc on millions of American families, some workers have managed to dodge the affordability crisis,” Noam N. Levey writes in The Los Angeles Times. “In Boston, a labor union representing the city’s hotel workers offers its members health coverage with no deductible and family premiums just a tenth […]

Our CBS News partnership

We launched our CBS News partnership in September 2019, under the name “Medical Price Roulette.” Here’s the first story from Anna Werner, national consumer investigative correspondent at CBS This Morning.  She interviewed Frank Esposito, who faced close to $700,000 in medical costs after receiving surgery after an emergency room visit for a herniated disk. He […]

Costs of Methotrexate, TB test and Humira for rheumatoid arthritis: New year, new insurance

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Costs of Methotrexate, TB test and Humira for rheumatoid arthritis: New year, new insurance

She sent in several blood tests with substantial charges from the Mayo Clinic health system, with insurance via an employer. One was a basic metabolic panel, for which she was charged $138, and asked to pay $105 after the insurer’s writedown. She had a TB test too, for $104. She commented: “on top of this […]