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 …
read on This guest post is from a good friend of mine. She’s not in the healthcare industry, but she is one of the most savvy healthcare consumers I know. When she was telling me about some of her recent dealings with providers and insurance, I immediately asked her to write up her experiences to share with my readers!
I don’t willingly part with my money, especially when I see a healthcare …
read on Happy New (Calendar) Year! It’s the start of a new year or, in health insurance lingo, the start of I’m reposting this from last January, because this month is the best time to start trying to schedule that annual exam or annual wellness visit (it could take weeks, after all, to get an appointment!). a new calendar year deductible.
I usually advise people to get any screening tests or annual …
read on Taxpayers footing the bill
I watched this on my local news the other night:
Runaway drug price hikes squeeze Washington’s budget.
Our state is one that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), so I knew we were spending a lot. But I had no idea now much. Through the first 9 months of 2016, my state has spent
on prescription drugs. $1.1 billion
Not total medical care. …
read on My goal for 2017? Use as little healthcare as possible
How will healthcare change under a new president and political party?
That’s a question I can’t answer. As
both candidates had multiple-point plans to tweak/improve/repeal/replace the Affordable Care Act, aka the ACA or Obamacare. I wrote in my last post,
But I don’t know what will change or when.
What I know for sure is that for 2017 my …
read on The shrinking drug formulary
Insurance companies have several ways to cut their costs.
We are all familiar with higher premiums, higher co-pays, increased deductibles, and narrower provider networks. These will all be apparent when
we look at our policies for 2017.
A lesser-known strategy is to remove high-cost drugs from the drug formulary—the list of medications that insurance will cover.
Insurance companies typically work with a pharmacy benefits manager, …
read on Prevnar 13: As seen on TV
I was watching TV the other evening and, as usual, was forced to sit through multiple back-to-back prescription drug commercials.
One that caught my attention was for
Prevnar 13, which is one of the pneumonia vaccines. (13 because it protects against 13 strains of streptococcus pneumonia.)
The commercial stated
Prevnar 13 was for adults aged 50 and older.
That statement’s true, but needs …
read on “Insufficient evidence”
Many years ago I had a primary care doctor who used to perform a total body skin examination (TBSE) on me every year as part of my annual exam.
Of course, those all-inclusive physicals are a thing of the past. I haven’t had a physician perform a TBSE for a long time.
I often wondered about that. A TBSE seems like a relatively easy and harmless way to …
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and the online news site
Vox recently sought to open Americans’ eyes as to how much more we pay for healthcare compared to other countries. America’s healthcare prices are out of control. These 11 charts prove it.
I can’t copy their charts, but basically they are bar graphs. The bar that shows how much patients in the US pay for similar …
read on EpiPens – lifesaving but costly
I’m allergic to bee stings, so I keep an EpiPen handy when I’m working out in my garden this time of year.
But my EpiPens are more than 3 years old now, and it’s time to invest in a new set.
Why do I say invest? Because EpiPens are incredibly expensive!
Related post: First aid for bee stings
I didn’t know that three years ago …