Category Archives: Emergency/Urgent Care

Must-read op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal: ‘Health Care and the $20,000 Bruise’

The Wall Street Journal has a stellar and informative (and slightly depressing) op-ed today by Dr. Eric Michael David, recounting his recent experience taking his son to the hospital after discovering a bruise on his head. Self-pay patients who have … Continue reading

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Cash-friendly doctor offices continue to spread

In any given year, the overwhelming majority of American’s either won’t need to see a doctor at all, or will only need to visit a primary care provider for basic or relatively routine medical issues. Self-pay patients are no different … Continue reading

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Ambulance service and self-pay patients

I’m generally of the opinion that most health care can be shopped for if a person is willing to put in a little time to use the available tools. As I try to bring to my readers’ attention on a … 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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How to save money as a self-pay patient in the emergency room

Self-pay patients can, with a little advanced planning and conscious effort, wind up saving a lot of money. Whether it’s finding a cash-only doctor, visiting hospitals and surgical facilities in the U.S. that offer up-front and real prices, signing up for a telemedicine service, using generics and … Continue reading

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Hospital billing negotiators can save patients big money

One of the most important things for self-pay patients to be able to do is to get real prices from hospitals and surgical facilities before they actually undergo treatment, by using tools such as the Healthcare Blue Book or Medi-Bid. Doing so can save the … Continue reading

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Free-standing emergency rooms – any advantage for self-pay patients?

The past two decades have seen a proliferation of innovative health care providers that have made either made health care more accessible, more affordable, or more effective – in some cases all three! Examples of this include ‘convenient care clinics’ … Continue reading

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