Monthly Archives: November 2013

Colombia enters the market for medical tourism

Going overseas to find affordable medical treatments seems to be a growing industry, and is ideal for self-pay patients who otherwise struggle to pay for needed care. A lot of attention has been given to destinations in Asia, particularly India … Continue reading

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Self-pay patients share their experiences

I’ve had a couple of self-pay patients let me know about their own experiences, one of them a user of telemedicine services, another using a prescription drug discount card, and a third on how people who pay their own way without health … Continue reading

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Insurance agency touts critical illness insurance as alternative to health insurance

Some time ago I wrote about how critical illness insurance policies could be an affordable alternative to more comprehensive health insurance, and suggested that self-pay patients might want to look into getting this sort of policy in order to provide funding … Continue reading

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More choices for online health care price transparency

As most self-pay patients know, finding the real price for a doctor’s visit or, medical procedure, or prescription drug can be a challenge. I’ve mentioned before several doctor’s offices, surgical facilities, and web sites that self-pay patients can use to … Continue reading

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What to do if You Absolutely Can’t Afford Health Insurance

Guest Post by Kevin Mercadante Let’s get this point out of the way up front: everyone should have health insurance. We all know this without anyone emphasizing the point. But with job losses in recent years, companies canceling their coverage, and the cost … Continue reading

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Pay attention to your hospital bills!

Earlier this week I read an article in the Los Angeles Times about fraudulent charges for anesthesiology services at the Sutter Health hospital chain in California, which drives home a point I’ve made before about the need for self-pay patients to pay … Continue reading

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Getting help in getting prescription drug help

Prescription drugs are often an important part of a patient’s treatment, and they can also be an expensive part of the overall medical bill. I’ve mentioned in the past several ways self-pay patients can save money, such as using a prescription … Continue reading

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Finding quality medical tourism destinations

A few weeks ago I traded several tweets with someone who was touting the benefits of Costa Rica as a medical tourism destination. I wound up getting a link to her company, called Exquisite Medical Tours, which specializes in arranging … Continue reading

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Telemedicine delivered face-to-face

I’ve written a couple of times about telemedicine, featuring companies that offer convenient access over the phone to licensed doctors for consultation, diagnosis, and treatment of relatively simple primary care needs. The savings for self-pay patients can be significant, and they can … Continue reading

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