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 Eyeglasses are too expensive! Let me start with a disclosure: I’m not in any way affiliated with ; I just think they have a good product at a reasonable price and wanted to share my family’s experience. Zenni Optical
My husband and I have an individual health insurance plan that does not include vision. When we need new glasses or contacts, we have to pay the full price.
I think …
read on An ambulance ride is often a hidden (and costly) expense Kaiser Health News just published an article about patients being stuck with outrageously high bills for ambulance rides.
One patient got a $3,660 bill for a 4-mile ride. Another was charged $8,460 for a trip from one hospital that could not handle his case to another that could.
Several years ago when my husband ended up in an emergency room …
read on Wait for the EOB
EOB stands for Explanation of Benefits.
It’s the form from your insurance company that shows how much your healthcare provider was reimbursed for your office visit, lab work, x-rays, etc.
Typically it arrives at your house
before the individual bills from the provider, which show the balance owing, or what you are expected to pay. Keep this in mind: Don’t pay a medical bill until you’ve … read on Traditional and expensive
This week I received a letter from my health insurance company. My plan’s benefits will remain the same, but the monthly premium will be 21% higher.
That means health insurance for me and my husband now officially costs more than our mortgage. And it’s just a bronze-level plan with a $7,000 deductible (each)!
I really feel for other families receiving similar letters about similar rate hikes. Some …
read on Higher drug prices = higher health costs
Soon we’ll be finding out how much our health insurance will cost next year.
across the country. Premiums are set to rise by double digits Related post: Premium increases for 2018. Ouch
While uncertainty about the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is partly responsible,
. insurance companies put the biggest blame on the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs
Why are prescription …
read on With the news of another massive hepatitis A outbreak in San Diego, I wanted to re-publish this post from Sept. 2016 about hepatitis A and encourage everyone to get vaccinated! FN Hepatitis A outbreaks
This morning I read about a hepatitis A
outbreak in Virginia. The source is apparently contaminated strawberries used to make smoothies. So far, 40 people have become sick.
This outbreak follows on the heels
of … read on Just last week, , the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new epinephrine auto-injector Symjepi.
I don’t much like the name, but if it’s cheaper…!
I’ve posted several times about
—over 500% in the last 10 years. the skyrocketing cost of EpiPens
Anyone who, like me, has been
to discover how much a two-pack of EpiPens costs will be hoping Symjepi will be more … shocked at the pharmacy read on My peek into the future
Health insurance companies in my state finally submitted their requests for 2018 rate hikes.
Usually I can look up this info online by mid-May, but all the partisan and intra-party bickering over the future of healthcare in this country has left insurance companies scratching their figurative heads over how to price next year’s policies.
I remember a time when I never gave my health insurance …
read on More tests = more money
Anyone who has read my blog over the years knows this is a subject I come back to again and again: the overuse of screening and diagnostic tests.
It’s a problem in our healthcare system for a couple of reasons.
First, the majority of healthcare providers are paid based on volume. In other words, the more patients they see, the more tests they run, the …