Monthly Archives: October 2013

More cash-only doctors offering services to self-pay patients

Cash-only doctors are predicted to grow in the coming years, which will provide self-pay patients with more options and more savings when it comes to paying for their healthcare needs. Whether uninsured or with a high-deductible health insurance plan, these … Continue reading

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Options to bridge gap caused by Obamacare cancellation of health insurance policies

There’s been some news coverage of late over millions of Americans who are receiving letters from their health insurance companies explaining that their current policies are being cancelled effective December 31, primarily as a result of Obamacare’s minimum standards for health insurance. … Continue reading

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Do you need health insurance? Yes, sort of.

Last week the blog Political Calculations had a provocative post titled “Do you even need health insurance?” It included a calculator that allows individuals to assess the likelihood of needing hospital care at each age, which is the purpose of health insurance … Continue reading

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Webinar for medical bill mediation services

One of the financial risks self-pay patients face is going to the hospital for treatment and getting hit with so-called ‘chargemaster’ prices. These prices are hugely inflated over what the real price for treatment is, often three to five times … Continue reading

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More doctors abandoning insurance system, going ‘cash-only’

Being a self-pay patient, either uninsured or with a high deductible health insurance policy, can be a challenge on many levels. For most people who only need to be able to find a doctor to take care of routine primary … Continue reading

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Telemedicine providing needed care at an affordable cost

One of the many options that self-pay patients have for affordable primary care is telemedicine. The concept behind telemedicine is fairly simple – patients sign up and provide their medical history to the company, and when they want to talk to … Continue reading

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Liberty HealthShare: a health sharing ‘ministry’ for all faiths (or no faith at all)!

I’ve discussed healthcare sharing ministries several times since launching The Self-Pay Patient blog. Their benefits of joining are pretty simple to understand – they generally cost far less than conventional health insurance, they provide coverage for medical expenses that is fairly comprehensive … Continue reading

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Announcing the launch of the Self-Pay Healthcare Market

When I started The Self-Pay Patient blog, one of my main goals was to be a source of information for the uninsured, Americans with high-deductible health insurance, or anybody else who had to pay out of their own pocket for … Continue reading

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Medical tourism doesn’t have to mean leaving the country

I’ve talked in the past about the huge savings available to self-pay patients who travel overseas for surgical or hospital care, such as the man who went to Thailand and paid $9,000 for shoulder surgery that would have cost $130,000 in the … Continue reading

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Orthopedic surgery center in New York City begins offering cash prices

For the past several months I’ve cited the Surgery Center of Oklahoma several times as a place where self-pay patients can go to get real prices that are ‘all-inclusive,’ meaning the fee listed covers the entire procedure, and patients don’t have to … Continue reading

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