The Problem Is the Prices

Sarah Kliff • Vox • October 16, 2017

On September 28, 2016, a 3-year-old girl named Elodie Fowler slid into an MRI machine at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, California. Doctors wanted to better understand a...
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Overtreatment Is Common, Doctors Say

Nicholas Bakalar • New York Times • September 6, 2017

Most physicians in the United States believe that overtreatment is harmful, wasteful and common. Researchers surveyed 2,106 physicians in various specialties regarding their beliefs about unnecessary medical care. On average,...
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Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us

Steven Brill • TIME • September 4, 2017

While this dates back to 2013, since is new we wanted to ensure you've seen it. It's message is as relevant today as ever... Read the Full Article on...
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Why One California County Went Surgery Shopping

Chad Terhune • Kaiser Health News • September 1, 2017

Retiree Leslie Robinson-Stone and her husband enjoyed a weeklong, all-expenses-paid trip to a luxury resort — all thanks to the county she worked for. The couple also received more than...
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Hospital Volumes Laid Low By High-Deductible Health Plans

Dave Barkholz • Modern Healthcare • August 10, 2017

The rise of high-deductible health plans is starting to cut into hospital admissions and threaten record hospital margins boosted by the Affordable Care Act. Patients avoiding elective surgeries and other...
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The Company Behind Many Surprise Emergency Room Bills

Julie Creswell, Reed Abelson, and Margot Sanger-Katz • The New York Times • July 24, 2017

Early last year, executives at a small hospital an hour north of Spokane, Wash., started using a company called EmCare to staff and run their emergency room. The hospital had...
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Swamp Watch: Health Insurance Companies

Steve Hilton • Fox News • July 23, 2017

Americans are being poorly served by health insurers. Watch the Video on Fox News...
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Swamp Watch: Hospitals

Steve Hilton • Fox News • July 16, 2017

Health care is not a fair market, it's a rigged market. Watch the Video on Fox News...
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Swamp Watch: Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals

Steve Hilton • Fox News • July 9, 2017

The real reason we're in this mess on health care is because it costs too much. Watch the Video on Fox News...
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Why US Health Care Costs Defy Common Sense

Elisabeth Rosenthal • CNN • June 26, 2017

When Jeffrey Kivi's rheumatologist changed affiliations from one hospital in New York City to another, less than 20 blocks uptown, the price his insurer paid for the outpatient infusion he...
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"Show Us Your Bills" Panel to Discuss Colorado's Health Care System

Katie Wilcox • 9NEWS • June 15, 2017

Exactly $6,250 for a urine drug test. A $8,042 charge for a CT scan. And even $75 for a “late night” charge at a 24-hour Emergency Room. These are just...
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Emergency Room Patients Routinely Overcharged, Study Finds 'Price Gouging' Is Worst for Minorities and Uninsured

Vanessa McMains & Lauren Nelson • Johns Hopkins Medicine • May 30, 2017

An analysis of billing records for more than 12,000 emergency medicine doctors across the United States shows that charges varied widely, but that on average, adult patients are charged 340...
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This Man Will Help You Get Out of Expensive Medical Bills

Emma Court • MarketWatch • May 19, 2017

As the father of four sports-playing children, David Silverstein has long grappled with the high cost of hospital care. “There’s always a bill for something,” he said, laughing. But something...
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Crowd-sourcing May Bring Transparency to Medical Charges

Trudy Lieberman • Kemmerer Gazette • May 19, 2017

In a recent column I reported on an effort in Ohio to bring price transparency to medical services. Ohio State Rep. Jim Butler had spearheaded passage of legislation that would...
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Zurik: ‘Absolutely Ridiculous’ Medical Bills Show Critical Need For Transparency

Lee Zurik • FOX 8 • May 17, 2017

If you buy a TV, a car, a bag of groceries, you know the cost before you check out. But in healthcare, the prices remain hidden - until now. We've...
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Confusing Hospital Bills Driving Growth In Bad Debt

David Royse • Modern Healthcare • May 13, 2017

David Silverstein's frustrations trying to understand the hospital charges for his daughter's sports injuries drove him to consider going to court. He had the money to pay. He simply refused...
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Report: Public Wants Health Care Price Transparency

Ashiq Zaman • NonDoc • April 7, 2017

I recently discussed health cost transparency from the standpoint of HB 2216, but how does the general public feel about the issue? A report released Thursday by Public Agenda and...
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Hospital Forgives 'Surprise’ Medical Bills for Mom Seeking Help

Berkeley Brean • News10NBC • March 28, 2017

This is about transparency when it comes to your medical bills and the questions you need to ask when you go to get care. A young mother from Irondequoit contacted...
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One Man's Response To Outrageous Medical Bills

Chris Vanderveen, Katie Wilcox • 9NEWS • February 21, 2017

A year into our "Show Us Your Bills" campaign, 9Wants to Know continues to collect a paper trail of horror stories documenting the ongoing struggle Coloradans have with medical billing...
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That Time My Husband Tried to Prevent a Surprise Medical Bill

Holly Fletcher • The Tennessean • January 14, 2017

My husband got entangled in a game of health care hot potato while trying to prevent a surprise bill — and lost. And we haven’t even received the bill yet....
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Your Act of Protest Can Help Fix the Broken Healthcare System

David Silverstein • CNBC • January 4, 2017

America is in denial about the depth and breadth of the problems with its health-care system. While there is much discussion of rescinding the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), there is...
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BuyER Beware: Separate Billing, Surprise Costs

Chris Vanderveen • 9News • December 26, 2016

KUSA - A 9Wants to Know investigation has found doctors who work inside University of Colorado Hospital’s chain of freestanding emergency rooms remain “out of network” with most insurance companies...
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Public Ranks Drug Costs and Sufficient Provider Networks Ahead of Affordable Care Act Changes as Health Care Priorities for Next President and Congress to Address

Craig Palosky & Rakesh Singh • Kaiser Family Foundation • October 27, 2016

As the 2016 campaign nears its end, the latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll examines the public’s view on health care priorities for the next president and Congress. Overall, Americans rank...
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How Health-Care Bills Hinder Millions of Americans

Drew Altman • Kaiser Family Foundation • January 5, 2016

The adequacy of health insurance coverage–sometimes called under-insurance–pops up periodically, but the issue has taken a back seat to covering the uninsured and controlling health-care costs. Yet the number of Americans...
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