How much does an MRI cost, $848 or $1,069? She saved $200 by putting away her insurance card.

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How much does an MRI cost, $848 or $1,069? She saved $200 by putting away her insurance card.

Our community member reported to us that an MRI of the lower extremity without dye (CPT code 73721) had cost $848 at X-Ray Associates of New Mexico (Xranm) in Albuquerque, N.M., in October. The note said: “This is for an MRI of the knee. This is the cost for self-pay and not running it through […]

How much does Eylea cost? Or how to use copay waivers to increase sales: Whistleblower Law Collaborative

How much does Eylea cost? Or how to use copay waivers to increase sales: Whistleblower Law Collaborative

“The Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that it will sue drug manufacturer Regeneron Pharmaceuticals for health care fraud,” David W.S. Lieberman writes over at The Whistleblower Law Collaborative. “The False Claims Act complaint alleges that Regeneron paid tens of millions of dollars to induce prescriptions for its drug Eylea. Regeneron’s scheme to use a third-party […]

How much does Medicare cost? Well, it depends.

How much does Medicare cost? Well, it depends.

So I recently went on Medicare, and wanted to put down some thoughts in case they are of assistance to anyone else. I suggest that anyone who’s doing this consider their own specific circumstances very carefully; I am not a licensed insurance broker, and I am not making recommendations here — rather, I am telling […]

How much does an X-ray of the spine cost? For this woman, $351.41

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How much does an X-ray of the spine cost? For this woman, $351.41

It was a crazy expensive X-ray price, shared by a community member – a $415 charge for an X-ray of the spine, “Lumbosacral, Complete, W Oblique Views,” (CPT code 72110). The insurer paid $351.41, she told us. We have documented X-ray prices from $20 to $988, and we’re always interested in the topic — they’re […]

How much does an MRI cost, $450 or $4,685?

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How much does an MRI cost, $450 or $4,685?

He shared the price of an MRI of the joint/lower extremity without dye, CPT code 73721, at Trident Medical Center, North Charleston, S.C. The insurer was Aetna.. CHARGED: $4,685.0 INSURANCE PAID: $2,435.35 YOU PAID: $1,046.65 His comment “Never I repeat NEVER go to Trident Regional Medical Center in North Charleston, SC. My wife had the […]

How much does mental health care cost? Telemental Health, Part 5 in our series

How much does mental health care cost? Telemental Health, Part 5 in our series

Cost and convenience have prevented millions of Americans from seeking access to mental health care. Yet new technologies can make services more accessible, whether consumers choose online therapy, seek to connect and share information with fellow patients through online support groups, or use a number of apps on the market that help patients fight anxiety […]

How much does mental health care cost? Part 4: Finding affordable psychiatric medications

How much does mental health care cost? Part 4: Finding affordable psychiatric medications

We are an increasingly medicated nation. Between 1996 and 2010, prescription mental health medication fills rose from 150.3 million to 396.7 million. More than half of these prescriptions (207.9 million) were for antidepressants. In fact, between 2008 and 2010, prescriptions for antidepressants rose by more than 20 million. For those who require drugs to treat depression, anxiety, […]

How much does mental health care cost? Part 1 of our series

How much does mental health care cost? Part 1 of our series

(Updated, 2019) One in five adults in the U.S. experience a mental health problem in any given year, yet limited or no mental health insurance prevents more than half of them from receiving treatment. The Affordable Care Act and the Mental Health Parity Law sought to bridge the divide between physical and behavioral health coverage […]

How much does mental health care cost? Part 3: Five Reasons for paying out of pocket

How much does mental health care cost? Part 3: Five Reasons for paying out of pocket

(Updated, 2019) About a third of psychologists in the U.S. do not participate in private insurance plans, according to the American Psychological Association. And many therapists who do take insurance accept a limited number of plans, to avoid the aggravation of haggling with insurance companies. The majority of their patients pay out of pocket and, […]