Must-read health care stories of the week from Kaiser Health News’ Brianna Labuskes.
Marketing drives more testing…more treatments. It’s a big part of why health care is so expensive… it’s the fancy, high-tech stuff things that get marketed.
Hospitals now must to post their prices online. But what is popping up on hospital websites is a dog’s breakfast of codes, abbreviations and dollar signs.
Middle-class folks with employer-based insurance are still being swamped by high deductibles, high copayments and surprise medical bills.
Joaquin Lopez had emergency gallbladder surgery after rushing to an ER last year. He has been haggling with the hospital over what he owes ever since.
Gallup poll finds roughly three in 10 Americans reporting they held off seeking some kind of medical treatment in the past year due to costs.
Charges: $99,159 for emergency services, therapy and hospital care, including $52,587 for the first surgery and $43,208 for the second to replace broken device.
Insulin prices tripled, then doubled again and now lists over $300 for a single vial. Most people with Type 1 diabetes need multiple vials every month to live.
Breast implants pricing gives a glimpse into how hospitals mark up prices of medical devices to boost their bottom lines.
Virtually all transplant centers require patients to verify how they will pay bills that can total $400,000 for a kidney transplant or $1.3 million for a heart.