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 I’ve been reading that this flu season, which is great. It can not only save you money, but keep you home where you’re comfortable and not spreading germs to others. This post was originally published May 2016, but I’ve updated the information. more patients are using telemedicine Time is money
Maybe you have affordable health insurance and a doctor you like.
But have you ever had the experience of calling …
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 Happy New (Calendar) Year!
It’s a new calendar year, and that means many people will have a new health insurance plan. Or last year’s insurance will have been tweaked with a slightly higher deductible or copays, or an updated list of “in-network” providers.
This is a good time to sit down and become familiar with your health insurance benefits, so you aren’t taken by surprise when you actually need to …
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 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 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