An ultrasound: $74 or $59,490?

An ultrasound: $74 or $59,490?

Aetna is unhappy: it received high bills from providers and paid them, and now it’s suing. “Aetna Inc. (AET) is suing six New Jersey doctors over medical bills it calls ‘unconscionable,’ including $56,980 for a bedside consultation and $59,490 for an ultrasound that typically costs $74,” Peter Waldman wrote on Bloomberg News on March 24. […]

Prices and reality

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It seems sometimes that the medical system is a collection of people telling whoppers to each other. Health-care providers tell the insurance company that a procedure or a thing costs a bunch of money. The insurance company tells the consumer that the price is something completely different. The doctor tells the patient that she doesn’t […]

Comparison shopping, rationing, hospital bills and more

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Comparison shopping, rationing, hospital bills and more

There’s an app for that: “Picture it: Your doctor tells you that you need an MRI. Okeydoke, you say, pulling out your smartphone and typing in your zipcode. Up pop the 20 closest high-quality imaging centers, and you choose the most convenient. That’s my visualization based on a casual mention that Blue Cross Blue Shield chief Andrew Dreyfus made last week of a new app now in development. ‘We’re pretty close to delivering this,’ he told a health reform forum at Suffolk.” Carey Goldberg, CommonHealth blogger at WBUR. More.

FAQ

What is your goal? To bring transparency to the health care marketplace. The health-care market in the United States is opaque. People don’t typically know what procedures and items will cost before they take place.  Does everyone charge $400 for an MRI, or is it $6,000? Does one insurance company pay out more for a […]

Useful Links

ClearHealthCosts is joining a rapidly growing ecosystem of web-based resources concerned with the price and cost of health care. Here are some public and private sources. The public databases, especially the federal ones, can be daunting, but there’s a lot of information here. Price lists for medical treatment are just about our favorite thing over […]

About

Welcome to ClearHealthCosts We’re a journalism company from New York City bringing transparency to the health care marketplace by telling people what stuff costs. People should be able to know what things cost in health care. If you knew that your MRI could cost $350 or $6,200, maybe you’d choose a different provider. Maybe you’d […]