A symptom of a broken system
A recent trip to my primary care physician highlighted one of my biggest complaints as a “healthcare consumer”: a complete lack of transparency about what things cost.
How are patients (I hate the word consumer) supposed to make thoughtful, cost-conscious decisions about healthcare when it’s impossible to know what any service costs before we buy?
Out-of-control costs is just a symptom of underlying illness. …
read on When will these double-digit increases stop?
OK, it’s June and that means it’s time for my annual rant about ever-increasing health insurance premiums.
In my state, Washington, the Office of the Insurance Commissioner just
. posted the proposed rate increases
Not in Washington? Use
to find the insurance commissioner in your state and search for rate increases. this interactive map
By law these requests have to be made public and …
read on Surprise medical bills can catch you by, well, surprise Bottom line on top: If you’re the victim of a surprise medical bill, there are resources to help you.
After several years of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many of us are resigned to high premiums, high deductibles and small provider networks.
We try to be good healthcare “consumers” (as if we really want to buy healthcare!) by reading the fine …
read on The outrageous pricing of prescription drugs continues…
One of my favorite health news websites is
(not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente). This year they started a new feature called Kaiser Health News Bill of the Month.
Every month they highlight a particularly egregious healthcare charge.
(Have one you want to share?
) Submit it to them!
Last month was a $17,850 urinalysis; this month is
… a $1,500 treatment for toenail read on Short-term health insurance plans are coming back
Is there anything about our healthcare system, especially the insurance market, that isn’t confusing?
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) finally phased out most short-term health insurance plans last year, but
. the current administration wants to bring them back
The cost of health insurance is
for anyone who doesn’t have an employer-provided plan or doesn’t qualify for a subsidy. Short-term health … really expensive read on Hospitals and banks team up
This is such a bad idea, imho.
I just read about a new trend in hospitals. They are
to teaming up with local banks strong arm offer healthcare loans to patients in the emergency room or hospital.
I understand why it’s happening. Even patients with health insurance can have huge deductibles. Sometimes thousands of dollars. And with narrower hospital networks, more patients are ending up—not …
read on Have you had unnecessary medical procedures?
If you see a physician on a regular basis and always follow his or her advice regarding routine screening tests or common diagnostic tests for minor illnesses, the answer is probably
I just finished reading
of these unnecessary medical procedures. a new report published in my state (Washington) about the extent and cost
This is a problem I’ve posted about before. Many …
read on The difference between cold and flu symptoms
In general, a cold is a virus that settles in your sinuses, and flu is a virus that affects your lungs, which is why it can be more serious.
Colds can develop rather slowly, perhaps taking two to three days of mild symptoms before you feel really lousy. Flu symptoms hit hard and fast; you may think to yourself,
“Where is the truck … read on If you are one of the millions of people suffering under our broken healthcare system, take heart.
Industry leaders who recognize your pain actually exist, and are trying to help.
Changing the system is a huge and thankless task, because the bulk of the industry is profit-driven and resistant to giving up the status quo.
But these individuals and groups are using different ways to connect with increasing numbers of …
read on Avoid the emergency room
Fridays, weekends and holidays are always bad times to get a doctor’s appointment, and many people end up in an emergency department. Which costs a lot of money, even for those with health insurance.
What can you do to decrease your chances of needing emergency care or other expensive healthcare over the holidays?
An emergency physician recently posted some
good tips on the healthcare blog KevinMD, … read on