Checkup: Costs of cardiology, insurance, cancer, drugs

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Checkup: Costs of cardiology, insurance, cancer, drugs

Costs of cardiology: “If you ever want a reason to question your cardiologist very closely when he or she recommends you undergo an angiogram, the imaging test that precedes an angioplasty or stent, read this paper by Grace Lin and Rita Redberg, cardiologists at the University of California, San Francisco. Lin and Redberg conducted three focus groups, where […]

Birth control pills: How do you choose?

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Birth control pills: How do you choose?

Things change with the seasons. New shoes. New tunes. New birth control pill. Wait–what? Birth control pills are multi-billion-dollar industry, and, as in many other industries, trends, and prices, shift. We took a look at some data from IMS Health on the most popular birth control pill, and were surprised to see how much it […]

FAQ: The Price of Birth Control (#priceofbc)

The Price of Birth Control Pills (#priceofbc) — Here’s a link to our interactive map! How does it work?  1) Click “Add Pharmacy.” 2) Let us know the address of your pharmacy and the price of the birth control you buy there. 3) If your pharmacy already has a pin, click on it and you can […]

Insuring the uninsured: Study finds multiple benefits

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Insuring the uninsured: Study finds multiple benefits

People with health insurance are happier,  healthier and more financially stable. People without health insurance are more depressed, less healthy and financially stable. These conclusions — from an Oregon study published July 7 by the National Bureau of Economic Research —  may seem obvious. But because of the fraught nature of the debate over health care, it’s […]

Ways to save, Part 3: Do you want to decide solely on price?

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Ways to save, Part 3: Do you want to decide solely on price?

As part of our mission to help you save money by beating back your health-care costs, we’re running a series  giving practical consumer advice about the marketplace. Here’s the first post about saving money (we suggest that you always ask the price in advance); here’s the second (even in an emergency, ask!);  following is the third. […]

Ways to Save

As part of our mission to help you save money by beating back your health-care costs, we’re giving not just pricing data, but also practical consumer advice. You can use the search tool at the top of our front page to seek prices. We have the most information in New York, New Jersey, New Orleans, […]

Best low-cost health insurance picks

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Best low-cost health insurance picks

Just another thing Quora is good for: advice about shopping for the best low-cost health insurance, from the commonsensical Art Forrest, who I don’t know (he is an insurance broker in Georgia) and who offers this advice about buying low-cost health insurance: “(1) use a broker you trust who will shop the market for you […]

Ways to Save, Part 2: Even in an emergency, ask the price

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Ways to Save, Part 2: Even in an emergency, ask the price

As part of our mission to help you save money by beating back your health-care costs, we’re running a series of blog posts giving practical consumer advice about the marketplace. Here’s the first post about saving money; following is the second. Even if it’s an emergency, ask the price in advance. If you’re in a […]

Meet my friend in the billing office, Part 2

Meet my friend in the billing office, Part 2

Did you ever wonder why the bill from your medical provider is $3,000, while the insurance company pays only a paltry few hundred dollars? There’s a reason. Walk with me through the billing office of a self-standing New York radiology center with my friend S. (Here’s our first visit to her office, complete with her […]

Uninsured patients pay more: A first-person account

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Uninsured patients pay more: A first-person account

A friend came over to fill out our “tell us what you paid” forms. I’ve taken out some of the details, and left others. “Kidnapped by ambulance” might be a better headline for this, a $2,859 unreimbursed emergency room experience (and don’t miss the $1,699 blood test). I did know that uninsured people pay the […]