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

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans

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

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

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

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

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 […]

Making health-care data useful

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Making health-care data useful

Finding good pricing data in the health-care marketplace and making it useful are among our primary goals here at ClearHealthCosts.com. So we were excited when the folks at Lucky Sort made the PriceMap for us. Many people don’t know that medical prices vary greatly. This is one way of looking at that, with an interactive […]

Meet the PriceMap

What is the PriceMap? This is a legacy project from 2011. Where did you get this information? Did you modify the data? Why are you showing me this? No, really, why are you showing me this? Why would I want to know what Medicare pays to get a myocardial infarction treated? So if I wanted […]

Waste and fraud in Medicare

Filed Under: Costs, Providers, Regulators

Waste and fraud in Medicare

It’s an article of faith that one of the biggest sources of  health-care cost abuses is Medicare. The government pays bills for the elderly under this system, and it’s widely regarded as fraud-ridden and inefficient. So it was no particular surprise to read the other day that Medicare recovery audit contractors have returned $237.8 million […]