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Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills are Crushing Us. Investigative reporting at its best from Steven Brill. #costsofcare

Required reading for everyone who lives in the United States, or who is thinking about doing so: Steven Brill delivered an amazing piece of investigative journalism in February 2013 on the U.S. health care system in Time Magazine. Hopefully everyone… Continue reading

How much will a sprained ankle cost me in the ER? Somewhere between $4 and $24110. #costsofcare

You sprain your ankle badly, and aren’t sure if it’s broken or not. It’s 6pm on a Friday evening, so you head to the ER to have it x-rayed. At triage you ask “how much might this cost me?” Typically,… Continue reading

Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills are Crushing Us. Investigative reporting at its best from Stephen Brill. #costsofcare

Required reading for everyone who lives in the United States, or who is thinking about doing so: Stephen Brill delivered an amazing piece of investigative journalism last week on the U.S. health care system in Time Magazine. Hopefully everyone will… Continue reading

Study Shows Shocking Disparities in Hospital Bills for Appendicitis Treatment #costsofcare

“Mommy, my tummy hurts.”

It’s 4am. Your 8-year-old son is shaking you awake.  After you confirm that in fact, he is having abdominal pain and not just a bad dream, you head down to the local hospital emergency department to have him checked out.

Little did you suspect, a variety of factors beyond your control in the next 2 hours, having little to do with your son’s medical condition, will determine whether your family has to declare bankruptcy or not.
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The case of the $517 chest x-ray #healthcare #prices

Part 1 in a Series.  So the story goes like this.  A patient of mine needed a chest x-ray.  He doesn’t have health insurance, so rather than just give him a requisition and send him to the local hospital, I decided to do a little calling around on his behalf to find out what the damage would be…

Vendor #1: A well-known local hospital

I called up the radiology department and asked them how much a PA and Lateral Chest X-ray would cost.  “I don’t know – we don’t have that information” I was told by the clerk.  The radiologist gave me the same answer.  They both said I should just send the patient over and he would find out the cost when he received the bill.

That seemed a little dumb.  Since when do we go into stores and buy things without knowing the price?

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The case of the $517 chest x-ray #healthcare #prices was last modified: January 8th, 2016 by Paul Abramson MD
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