Saving money: Paying cash for health care even if you’re insured

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Saving money: Paying cash for health care even if you’re insured

(Updated, March 2019) People are telling us they are paying cash for common medical procedures, even if they’re insured — and getting lower prices. Is this common? Is it legal? Why don’t more people ask for lower cash rates, and why don’t more providers offer? The situation, as described by two of our community members […]

How to shop smart for medications: A simple binder method

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

This post about how to buy medications thoughtfully as a smart consumer appeared on one of my online groups. I thought it was so wise that I asked the author if I could post it here, and she agreed. The writer is Moyra Phillips, Huntsville, Ala., who identifies herself as “a wife, mother, grandmother.” The […]

Our latest TedMed Great Challenges event: Technology and Transparency

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

TedMed Great Challenges events engage the big issues of the day. Here’s our latest. Guest info from the TedMed crew. GUESTS: Jeanne Pinder is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. A Great Challenges Team Member, Jeanne has been a leader in the health cost transparency movement, partnering this Summer with WNYC to crowdsource the cost of mammograms. Follow Jeanne on Twitter @CHCosts. […]

‘Looking through my eyes’ — a saga of lupus and health care

This piece is reposted with permission from Costs of Care, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Boston, which has as its misison expanding the national discourse on the role of doctors, nurses, and other care providers in health care spending, while empowering providers with the information they need to deflate medical bills on a grassroots level. * * […]

An accident and the consequences: Uninsured in Los Angeles

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

We’re inviting people to share their stories of the health-care marketplace. Here’s one, as told to Elizabeth Celms. While these stories talk a lot about insurance, this site is generally about price transparency — and of course, insurance and price transparency have a lot of overlap. The number of uninsured people is around 50 million in […]

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, […]

Why do hospital costs vary so much?

Why do hospital costs vary so much?

Hospital costs vary widely. The reasons are often in dispute. The value of analysis, though, is clear. “[N]early 30 percent of Medicare‟s costs could be saved without negatively affecting health outcomes if spending in high- and medium-cost areas could be reduced to the level in low-cost areas—and those estimates could probably be extrapolated to the […]