More and more frequently I come across stories of patients who have inadvertently received care from “out-of-network” providers. And it can be a costly mistake.
When you are billed for the costs that your insurance company has denied, that’s called “balance billing.”
My insurance company doubles the deductible for out-of-network care; instead of $10,000, our deductible becomes $20,000. But insurance companies aren’t required by law to put a limit on …
read on New drugs are expensive is the newest sleeping pill to hit the market. If you think you might want to try it, or your physician suggests it, keep two things in mind. Belsomra (suvorexant)
As with any new and highly-marketed drug, it’s expensive, although not quite as costly as I thought it might be. According to
in my area code will cost on … GoodRx, a 30-day supply of 10mg tablets read on
Take time to read Elizabeth Rosenthal’s latest installment of her
“Paying Till it Hurts” series in The New York Times: Insured, but not Covered.
If you are like many Americans struggling with high-deductible, narrow-network health plans, you might relate to the families she writes about.
The Affordable Care Act has ushered in an era of complex new health insurance products featuring legions of out-of-pocket coinsurance fees, high deductibles and
A study coming out of Harvard this week reveals that ordinary
headaches are being overtreated, and it’s costing billions of extra dollars in health care spending.
Each year more than 12 million Americans visit their doctors complaining of headaches, which result in lost productivity and costs of upward of $31 billion annually. A new study by researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) suggests some of that cost
The fact is, when you need health care the most, you are least able to “shop around.”
That’s why one of health care reform’s goals of pushing consumers to “have more skin in the game” won’t always work.
Sure, when our health concerns are not urgent we can
take time (lots of it) to make phone calls to providers and insurance companies. But when we are sick or injured, we … read on Two days ago, author Steven Brill was interviewed on about his recently published book, 60 Minutes America’s Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Back-Room Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System .
Brill came to the nation’s attention two years ago when he wrote a lengthy article for Time magazine titled
He introduced us to the term “chargemaster”—the hospital pricing list … “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills are Killing Us.” read on
USA Today published an excellent article about the problems with the new trend of really high-deductible health care plans:
It explains how the overarching goal of Obamacare to provide coverage for the sick and low income demographic has had a rather unfortunate (although not unforeseen) unintended consequence.
Physician Praveen Arla is witnessing a reversal of health care fortunes: Poor, long-uninsured patients
read on Despite reforms, health care is less affordable for many CBS News and and I found the results both interesting and alarming (although not surprising). The New York Times recently conducted a poll Fifty-two percent of Americans say they find basic medical care affordable, but that’s down from 61 percent last December. Today, for 46 percent of Americans, paying for medical care is a hardship, up 10 points. Most attribute the
read on Profits stay high, too
On Monday, the
New York Times published another brilliant piece by Elisabeth Rosenthal in her series “Paying Till it Hurts.”
Testing has become to the United States’ medical system what liquor is to the hospitality industry: a profit center with large and often arbitrary markups. From a medical perspective, blood work, tests and scans are tools to help physicians diagnose and monitor disease. But from a
I posted a couple weeks ago about how
the prices of many generic drugs have been rising to crazy heights over the last 18 months.
another post by a health care advocate with some more tips for trying to save money on generics.
Unless your health plan’s drug formulary covers your medication, you might be out of luck. A drug formulary is a list of prescription drugs, both generic