If you’ve ever landed in the emergency room without health insurance, at one time or another you may have been tempted to “borrow” a friend’s health insurance card for health insurance coverage. After all, it’s just health insurance. It’s not going to cost your friend anything to share their health insurance card, and the emergency . . . → Read More: Uninsured: Have You Ever Been Tempted To “Borrow” a Health Insurance Card?
Shocking results from a new Congressional advisory board study …
Nearly 60 percent of Medicare beneficiary visits to emergency rooms and 25 percent of their hospital admissions were “potentially preventable”– had patients received better care at home or in outpatient settings — according to results of a study released Friday by a congressional advisory board.
. . . → Read More: More Than of Half of Seniors’ E/R Visits Could Preventable
If you’ve never thought about the financial implications of who could be taking care of you in the emergency room, well, here’s a cautionary tale:
Imagine this scenario. A young child is playing in the yard when her pet dog bites her face. Bleeding, the child is rushed to the ER and the doctor offers . . . → Read More: Is the ER a Financial Booby Trap?
While we’re still on Supreme Court watch, we thought we’d pass on an interesting piece from The Los Angeles Times which talks a little bit about how we got to where we are today:
Within days, the Supreme Court will rule on whether the new law is constitutional. If the law is upheld, millions of . . . → Read More: Supreme Court Watch: So Who’s Going To Pay for the ER?
After our post about Ella Moser’s $5,000 trip to the emergency room for a stomachache, we got a lot of questions about how to avoid a similar backbreaking bill. Well, the simple answer is, avoid going to the emergency room in the first place.
Okay, obviously, there are genuine emergencies which you really can’t help, . . . → Read More: Savings: Do You Really Need To Go To the Emergency Room?
A sick child may be every parent’s nightmare, but for some parents, another nightmare starts when the hospital bill arrives. Certainly that was the case for Ella Moser’s family when their pediatrician recommended that her parents take her to the emergency room for an unexplained stomach ache “just in case.”
Total damage for the tummy . . . → Read More: Could a Stomach Ache Cost $5,000? Yes, It Could…
The first in the adventures of our MyHealthCafe heroine. Today, our heroine goes to her health insurance company with a question about her hospital bill:
Sound familiar? Have you had a conversation with your health insurer which just drove you up a wall? Tell us about it!
With 200,000 residents unable to afford healthcare, Alameda County is proposing a new way to bring vital, basic healthcare to its residents and it may be as close as the nearest fire station. In an attempt to cut down on expensive emergency room visits by getting basic healthcare and preventive care to those who need it . . . → Read More: Alameda County Proposes Offering Preventive Healthcare at Local Fire Stations
Has your child fallen a developed a goose egg on his or her head? Knocked out a tooth lately? Swallowed the last night’s leftover Merlot? You probably know that most childhood mishaps don’t really require a trip to the emergency room, but which ones are really life-threatening and which ones are really just messy boo-boos? . . . → Read More: Do You Really Need to Take Your Kid To the Emergency Room?
If you’ve ever landed in the emergency room without health insurance, at one time or another you may have been tempted to “borrow” a friend’s health insurance card for health insurance coverage. After all, it’s just health insurance. It’s not going to cost your friend anything to share their health insurance card, and the emergency . . . → Read More: Uninsured: Can You “Borrow” a Friend’s Health Insurance Card At the Emergency Room?