Category Archives: Hospitals

ABC News reports on medical tourism

Last week ABC News had a feature on medical tourism. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this concept, it simply means travelling away from your home area to have a procedure performed, usually done for cost reasons but sometimes … Continue reading

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An auction for medical procedures? MediBid breaks new ground in healthcare

I’ve mentioned MediBid in the past, but I don’t know that I’ve ever explained what it is or how it works. Which is a major oversight on my part, because they’re one of the most innovative companies around catering to self-pay patients, … Continue reading

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The Health Co-Op – bundling self-pay services for health sharing ministry

Earlier this month I wrote about Connect2Docs, a company that has bundled telemedicine, health screening, bill negotiation, and a drug discount card into one package, which offers great value to self-pay patients, particularly the uninsured but also those with high-deductible … Continue reading

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Medical tourist pays $9,000 for shoulder repair, saves more than $120,000

One of the biggest challenges for self-pay patients who are uninsured is paying for very expensive treatments and procedures that can cost tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. This month’s issue of Medical Tourism Magazine reports on how one self-pay … 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 bills student $2,000 for lab test, insurer pays $375

I’ve written about so-called ‘chargemaster’ pricing from hospitals before, and how it typically hits the self-pay uninsured the hardest. People with high-deductible health insurance can also be victimized by ‘chargemaster’ policies, as this family found out when trying to find a facility … Continue reading

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Arizona hospital offers package pricing to self-pay patients

One of the more aggravating factors about hospital care and billing is that they typically do not offer what is commonly called ‘package’ pricing, instead providing only billing statements that can run towards hundreds of individual line items, usually at wildly … Continue reading

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California turns public employees and retirees into partial self-pay patients, sees prices drop

While most self-pay patients are either uninsured or have high-deductible health insurance plans, there are occasions where people with ‘comprehensive’ insurance wind up in either the same or a very similar situation as self-pay patients. I recently read about the … Continue reading

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ABC’s Good Morning America reports on real prices at Surgery Center of Oklahoma

I’ve mentioned the Surgery Center of Oklahoma several times before as an option for self-pay patients who need to know what the real price is for treatment. Too often the uninsured can’t find out ahead of time what a procedure will cost, … Continue reading

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Update on Medical Tourism in India

I just ran across an article from last week about medical tourism in India, “India Medical Tourism in Troubled Times,” from August 21. As I’ve noted before, medical tourism can be a great value for uninsured self-pay patients as well as those … Continue reading

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