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.
No one told Shereese Hickson she qualified for financial assistance to cover her portion of a $123,019 bill until she called the hospital.
The high cost of cutting-edge treatments threatens to keep precision medicine, one of the most celebrated areas in cancer care, out of reach for many patients.
Her doctor had warned her that the extensive allergy skin-patch testing she needed might be expensive, but she wasn’t too worried: she had good insurance.
Election stories made up the bulk of the health care news this week. Other great gems and intriguing developments surfaced, though, so let’s get to it.
Seven in 10 people list health care as “very important” as they make their voting choices, eclipsing economy, gun policy, immigration and foreign policy.
When the cash price for a prescription is less than what you would pay using your insurance plan, pharmacists will no longer have to keep that a secret.
Insurers are shifting the financial risk of costly patients to physician-management companies. giving them more money upfront and control over patient care.
If an air ambulance service is not part of your insurance network, the operator can charge the you for what the insurance company won’t cover.
While still lying in the hospital, the air ambulance company told him the ride would likely cost more than $50,000 and asked him how he planned to pay.
Some patients whose comments were submitted to the federal government to oppose a change in drug payment policy have no memory of writing or signing the comments.
67% of people worry about unexpected medical bills, more than they dread insurance deductibles, drug costs or the basic staples of life: rent, food and gas.
Hospital that charged a teacher $108,951 for heart attack care slashed the bill to $332.29 — after news stories appeared about its surprise ‘balance’ billing.
The question is whether a California ballot initiative to limit the profit of dialysis clinics will protect lives or end them.
Conservative nonprofits are funneling “dark money” — difficult-to-trace funds behind TV ads, phone calls, and other efforts used to influence politics.