Monthly Archives: November 2013

Health care sharing ministry members share their experiences

One of the things I emphasize to people is that being an uninsured self-pay patient doesn’t mean having no coverage at all in the event of a major medical catastrophe, it can just mean not having conventional health insurance. There … Continue reading

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PricingHealthcare.com brings price transparency options to hospital care

Yesterday’s post about the challenges self-pay patients face in finding a cash-only or at least cash-friendly primary care doctor addressed a pretty common problem that the uninsured often face. One thing that I forgot to mention was telemedicine. Several companies including DocDial,* Connect2Docs,* 247DocRx,* American Well, … Continue reading

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Resources for finding cash-friendly doctors

This morning in my e-mail inbox was a message from a reader in Kentucky asking if I knew of any ways to find a cash-friendly primary care doctor. This is often one of the more challenging aspects to being a … Continue reading

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Obamacare delivers some good news for self-pay patients

It’s been hard to find good news about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (more commonly known as Obamacare) of late. But there is one thing that not a lot of people are familiar with that has the potential … Continue reading

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More evidence that it pays to shop around for prescription drugs

I follow the blog KevinMD.com, run by Dr. Kevin Pho and featuring a large number of doctors and other health care professionals offering commentary, insights, and news about the delivery of health care. While a lot of the posts are not … Continue reading

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When should you go to the emergency room?

Going to the emergency room is one of the most expensive options there is for receiving medical treatment. To cite just one recent story about the inflated prices that are common at emergency rooms, consider the tale of this medical student … Continue reading

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Michigan program provides free dental care in exchange for charity work

Although it often gets overlooked in discussions of health care, dental care is an important part of staying healthy. This point was driven home to me and anybody else following health care policy issues by the tragic death of Deamonte Driver several … Continue reading

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Media Roundup of Self-Pay Healthcare

Patients who pay their own way, either because they are uninsured or have a high-deductible health insurance plan, have been popping up in the media more often of late, or so it seems to me at least. I thought regular … Continue reading

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Retail health clinics make care accessible, affordable

One of the things I haven’t gotten around to discussing much here at The Self-Pay Patient blog is the use of retail health clinics, and how they can be a great option for the uninsured or anybody else for that … Continue reading

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