Category Archives: Hospitals

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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April notes from the Self-Pay Patient

It’s been a bit since I last posted – last Friday, in fact. I’d hoped to do more this week, but had to go to Oregon to visit my father, who was in the hospital. He’s reasonably well now, but … Continue reading

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Surgery Center Network offers low-cost surgery options

I have known for a while about the Surgery Center Network, a web site that connects self-pay patients (as well as some third-party payers such as employers and even a couple of insurance companies) with ambulatory surgical centers, which are … Continue reading

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Ocean Surgery Center offers cash prices on the West Coast

I’ve written about and mentioned on several occasions two surgical facilities that offer cash prices for self-pay patients, the Surgery Center of Oklahoma and Regency Healthcare in New York City. These are places that offer up-front, all-inclusive prices for routine … Continue reading

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Florida hospital backs away from price transparency

A story caught my eye this morning regarding a Florida hospital that had at one point promised to post the prices they charged insurance companies online, but is now backing away from that decision. For self-pay patients, of course, getting … 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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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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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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Tips on saving money when paying for health care

A few weeks ago I ran across an article in Woman’s Day titled ‘22 Ways to Save on Health Care’ that I thought would be helpful to self-pay patients, including not only those who are uninsured but also anybody with … Continue reading

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