Buying health insurance: A handbook

(Posted August 2019; updates planned) How do you buy health insurance? We are frequently asked to help people buy health insurance. Our specialty is the cost of health care, not buying insurance. We don’t do individual consultations on what insurance to buy. We’re not really qualified for that, and also people must be certified and […]

Price estimates at the doctor’s office: Yes, it can be true

Price estimates at the doctor’s office: Yes, it can be true

Epic, the giant electronic medical records company, is offering a price estimate button that doctors can use in the office. Kristin Cain, a reproductive endocrinologist in North Dakota, posted this on Twitter: “EPIC has a button I just discovered: Patient Estimate. After you place an order, it estimates the out of pocket cost. Except if […]

The six-figure cost of being transgender, in medical care and surgery: Business Insider

Filed Under: Costs, Patients

The six-figure cost of being transgender, in medical care and surgery: Business Insider

“In the past six years, Claire, an IT infrastructure engineer living in New York, has spent thousands of dollars on medical care that most Americans never have to think about. There was hormone therapy, hair removal, and what’s known as ‘bottom surgery,’” Benji Jones writes at Business Insider “And that was just the start of […]

How much do fertility meds cost? Or how to shop around and get the most for your buck on Gonal-F, Menopur, Cetrotide, Ovidrel, Follistim etc.

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

How much do fertility meds cost? Or how to shop around and get the most for your buck on Gonal-F, Menopur, Cetrotide, Ovidrel, Follistim etc.

How can you save money on fertility medications for in-vitro fertilization (IVF)  and other assisted reproductive technologies, like intrauterine insemination (IUI), egg freezing, donor eggs and so on? We’ve been hearing a lot about rising costs for these procedures, and particularly about the medications, despite insurance. A couple of stories came our way. This post […]

How much do lab tests cost: $9 or $275 with insurance? Or, how to shop for health care

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

How much do lab tests cost: $9 or $275 with insurance? Or, how to shop for health care

When my TED talk was posted again recently on Facebook, with prominent mention of disparities in lab test costs, there were a lot of comments. This one stood out, so I’m putting it here as part of our “A friend writes” series. She’s in the Knoxville, Tenn., area. “Yup!!! “I had a panel of tests […]

PriceCheck: We’re creating health cost guides with our partners and our communities across the nation

PriceCheck: We’re creating health cost guides with our partners and our communities across the nation

(Updated, September 2019) Our work with PriceCheck, our health cost transparency partnerships with media and other organizations, has stretched across the nation, bringing thousands of people to our partner web sites to share and search prices — from databases, from our reporting, and from our communities. We build interactive software and place it on our […]

How much is a facility fee? Facility Fees 101, or what you need to know

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

How much is a facility fee? Facility Fees 101, or what you need to know

We have heard a lot of questions and a lot of anguish lately about facility fees, which are charged by hospitals and other institutions for the use of their, well, facilities. Here’s a roundup of what we know about this topic. What is a facility fee? Hospitals often charge a facility fee on top of […]

The case of the misleading anchor: How health care bills can deceive

The case of the misleading anchor: How health care bills can deceive

Medical bills and explanations of benefits seem to play on a human brain proclivity called anchoring. What is anchoring? It’s a bias in our brains that basically says “the first number you encounter will be an anchor to the truth, and all other information will be a reaction or adjustment up or down from that […]

We’re ‘Wow-worthy changemakers,’ honored by ‘O, the Oprah magazine’

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We’re ‘Wow-worthy changemakers,’ honored by ‘O, the Oprah magazine’

Our CEO, Jeanne Pinder, has been named a “Wow-Worthy Changemaker” and a “Health Hero” at “O, the Oprah Magazine” for her work at ClearHealthCosts. The piece is in the January 2018 issue of the Oprah Winfrey publication, where 14 people with health missions are featured —  an oncologist, a tween activist, a doctor who cares […]

Buying prescriptions

Buying prescription drugs can be an adventure. Are you insured? Is it covered? Does your plan cover not this medication, but another? was it $30 last month and now it’s $400? Yikes. There are often not easy answers. But try this: For each medication you are taking, follow these simple steps. It won’t take too […]