Great op-ed by Professor David B. Agus of the University of Southern California in the The New York Times:
Unlike routine tests for diabetes or high cholesterol, however, the BRCA gene evaluation — performed by only one company in the United States, Myriad Genetics — is phenomenally expensive, with a “list price” close to . . . → Read More: Genetic Testing: Dollars and Sense
And the high-deductible health insurance plan is all part of the new normal:
When Maria and Vadim Brodsky’s then 7-year-old daughter needed an MRI two years ago to examine a tumor in her head, they took her to a hospital in their health plan’s network and were dismayed to receive a $4,500 bill.
The couple . . . → Read More: High-Deductible Health Insurance: My Mama Told Me, You Better Shop Around…
When it comes to the healthcare debate, Governor John Kitzhber of Oregon loves to tell a story about an air conditioner:
As it turns out, I have heard the air-conditioner story. Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) loves to tell the air-conditioner story. He loves to tell it so much, in fact, that it has become . . . → Read More: The Oregon Health Experiment: Does It All Boil Down to An Air Conditioner?
Not sure if this is a list that any hospital wants to be at the top of:
When Medicare disclosed average charges from thousands of U.S. hospitals for 100 common procedures last week, only one hospital was near the top in every category: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Be it a cardiac stent, a . . . → Read More: Cedars-Sinai Tops Lists for Hospital Pricing
We’re still mulling over the implications of Angelina Jolie’s stunning announcement this week, but one note. While we applaud her bravery in bringing so much attention to an important issue in women’s health, we strongly suggest that anyone thinking of undergoing the BRAC1 gene testing to read Dr. H. Gilbert Welch’s opinion piece in CNN:
. . . → Read More: Angelina Jolie: Before You Rush Out To Get Tested…
If Angelina Jolie’s recent announcement about her decision to have a double mastectomy has made you think about the procedure, you’re not alone:
Approximately 100,000 women undergo mastectomies each year, according to Decision Researches, a Burlington, Massachusetts industry analysis group, and the popularity of the procedure has grown. Rates of double mastectomies more than doubled . . . → Read More: Double Mastectomies, Numbers Rise and So Do Costs
Bruce Watson has a great breakdown of some of the cost issues involved in making decisions like Angelina Jolie’s to have a preventative double mastectomy:
On Tuesday, Angelina Jolie drew headlines with her announcement that she has undergone a preventative double mastectomy. As she wrote in the pages of The New York Times, . . . → Read More: The Breast Cancer Gene Breakdown
Have you been tested for the breast cancer gene? Tell us about it in our discussion forum!
. . . → Read More: Angelina Jolie: How Much Can Testing and a Mastectomy Cost?
It seems like the cost of a hip replacement in L.A. could be, well, almost anything:
In the Los Angeles area, for instance, one hospital’s average price for knee and hip replacements in 2011 was as high as $223,373. That’s seven times as much as the lowest charge of $32,022 in the Southland.
The . . . → Read More: How Much Do Hip Replacements Really Cost in Los Angeles?
If you thought hospital prices have no rhyme or reason, it turns out you’re right:
What do you think of hospital prices? Tell us about it in our discussion forum!