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Best Deal on a Colonoscopy by outofpocket Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Thu 15 Oct 2009 10:02pm A consumer recently contacted me and asked, “I’m due for a colonoscopy.  Any idea what is a good deal on a colonoscopy?”  Having no idea what a fair price for a colonoscopy would be, I consulted to find out.  Using the search tool, I typed in the search term “colonoscopy” and here’s what I discovered: Colon ... Read on »
Should Health Insurers Cover Lung Cancer Screening with Low Dose CAT Scans? by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted Mon 09 Apr 2012 8:35pm Testing for hidden early lung cancer Remember this article on screening for lung cancer ?  More than 54,000 former and current tobacco users who looked like they were free of cancer were randomly assigned to a yearly cheapo chest x-ray vs. a yearly pricey low-radiation-dose CAT scan. Over 5 to 7 years of follow-up, the CAT sc ... Read on »
Standing in the gap: Health care reform may come too late for some by Francine H. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Tue 27 Oct 2009 5:08pm All focus has shifted in the health care debate from whether there will be reform at all to whether the final version will contain a strong, robust, affordable public option. This is a good debate to have. I’ve weighed in with opinions on why I believe the public option is essential to any reform package, and why I believe the current buz ... Read on »
I'm Worried About Health Insurance Reform by Jennifer Jaff Patient Expert Posted Fri 02 Oct 2009 3:08pm I'm not worried very much about what the Congress is going to pass. Sure, I care whether it includes a public alternative as one option that people can choose instead of private, commercial insurance. And there will be a big difference if there are subsidies for people earning 300 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) or 400 percent of FPL ... Read on »
Choosing the Health Insurance Plan You Need by Amanda Patient Expert Posted Wed 29 Feb 2012 6:00am Health insurance, a topic that invokes memories of staring hopelessly at a sea of undecipherable acronyms in the chance of finding a plan that gives you what you hope you never have to use, at a price you can’t afford.  Sound familiar? HMO, IPA, PPO, POS, Traditional Indemnity and now ACO? Deductibles, co-pays, max out-of-pockets, formularies ... Read on »
High Deductible Health Insurance Plans; Discount on Initial Services? by Bruce Friedman Patient Expert Posted Thu 29 Nov 2012 12:00am High deductible health insurance plans now seem to be the norm for employees of large companies (see: High Deductible Health Insurance Plans Becoming the Norm in Large Companies ). A recent article discussed one tricky aspect of such plans that buyers need to be aware of (see: High-Deductible Health Plans Can Cost Patients A Discount ... Read on »
Complicated Health Insurance Policies Drive the Portal Business to New Levels and Creates Millionaires In The Process With Algor by Medical Quack Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Mon 20 Dec 2010 8:16pm We would all like at some point in time to have simpler and easier to navigate insurance policies to choose from but with the way the business has built upon itself, that doesn’t look like it will any kind of reality in the future as it would stand to put a lot of “portal people” out of business instead of having consumer friendly models.  The ... Read on »
Health Insurers Spending Millions to Update IT Infrastructure to Comply With Federal Laws–New Software, Algorithms and Oth by Medical Quack Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Fri 24 Sep 2010 11:32am This is an expense where there’s no getting around the need as new algorithms will be needed in order to assist customer service individuals and agents to give you the correct answers and information.  After all we all know that any information you received today via a question that is asked comes right off the computer screen.  The algorithms ... Read on »
Are Those Workplace Wellness Programs a Good Idea? by Linda MacDonald Glenn Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted Mon 25 Aug 2008 3:17pm Are Those Workplace Wellness Programs a Good Idea? It happened yesterday in our department head meeting. The nice lady who represents our “WOW” council, “Works on Wellness”, was presenting yet again about the benefits of signing up, and encouraging/coercing our staffs to do so. It is “perfectly safe and confiden ... Read on »
Obama’s Health Care Speech Critique by Jason S. Patient Expert Posted Wed 09 Sep 2009 10:07pm Today, President Obama made a speech calling for healthcare reform.  To sum up, Obama is proposing: creating a health insurance exchange,  an individual mandate,  guaranteed renewability of health insurance,  subsidies for individuals and small businesses to purchase insurance, and  public option/co-op.   Below are some high ... Read on »