How much will that cost, doc?
May 31, 2012 Among recent health care consumers, 16 percent said they'd looked for prices beforehand, compared with 11 percent who'd answered that way two years ago. The most common source is a doctor's office, cited by 50 percent of people who checked on prices.
May 21, 2012 In 2010, health spending rose fastest among people 18 and under, according to an analysis of data from private insurers. It's just one finding made possible by a new database.
May 21, 2012 Three out of four people who've been sick in the past year said cost is a very serious problem, and half said quality is a very serious problem. Those are among the striking findings from the latest survey on health from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.
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A database of fees charged by out-of-network dentists could help lower your bill.
April 17, 2012 Dental coverage often maxes out at a just few thousand dollars a year or less and typically covers only half of the cost of major procedures like crowns and root canals. So knowing what out-of-network dentists charge for their services may help save you a bundle.
The one group for whom prescription drug spending rose last year was young adults ages 19 to 25.
April 4, 2012 Seniors are traditionally the biggest consumers of prescription drugs, but they aren't using as many. Greater use of generics also played a role in last year's slow growth.
March 19, 2012 With the Supreme Court poised to hear arguments about President Obama's health law next week, the time seemed ripe for looking at the economic stakes. The public sector is a big part of the American health care industry, which now accounts for 18 percent of the GDP.
In Toronto and elsewhere in Ontario, hospitals that spend more appear to do a better job.
March 13, 2012 Research suggests that patients in Canada do better when hospitals spend more on specialized tests and treatments. But the same may not be true in the U.S., where hospitals are already better equipped.
March 7, 2012 The same folks who have sponsored essay contests about the costs of medical care have a subversive video out that puts health care charges and billing in a pretty embarrassing light. A big bill from the Hotel Hospital.
January 19, 2012 A nonprofit group that's trying to get doctors and other health professionals to be more thoughtful about health costs just named winners in an essay contest. Two essays by patients suggest haggling over prices and questioning the necessity of some care can pay off.
January 12, 2012 Just 1 percent of the population accounted for 21.8 percent of all U.S. health spending in 2009. And just 5 percent accounted for half the total spending.
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September 21, 2011 There are $1,000 prizes to be had for the best essays about how medical decisions affect the cost of care. There are separate categories for patients and clinicians. And the essays can reveal cost horrors or smart ways the system does more with less.
July 28, 2011 The Affordable Care Act will boost the number of people with health insurance by about 30 million over the next decade, while health costs overall will rise by one-tenth of a percentage point more than they would have if the law hadn't passed.
A breast cancer patient receives an experimental cancer treatment at the University of California, San Francisco, in 2005.
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June 6, 2011 The costs of cancer care stretch the financial resources of people with health insurance. And a study in Washington state finds the risk of bankruptcy is highest for people with cancer of the lung, thyroid, leukemia and lymphoma.
May 11, 2011 Even though the rate of health cost inflation slowed last year, it's still far greater than inflation. Increased spending on outpatient care is a big factor.
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