Category Archives: Labs & Imaging

Cash-friendly doctor experience with labs

So after about a five-year interval, I finally went in for an annual physical last week. I found a local doctor who is cash-friendly, which means he still takes insurance but also has a clear and simple fee schedule for … Continue reading

Posted in Cash-Only Doctors, Labs & Imaging, Prescription Drugs | Tagged , , | 12 Comments

Symbiosis Health brings transparency to self-pay prices

I recently learned about a new company bringing price transparency and discount pricing to self-pay patients who need imaging, labs, and a few other services. This is extremely important not just for uninsured self-pay patients but also for those with … Continue reading

Posted in Labs & Imaging, Price Transparency | 2 Comments

OkCopay brings prices, deals to self-pay patients

Options for self-pay patients continue to grow, and today I wanted to briefly describe one that that could be a great resource for anybody who is paying directly for non-primary, non-urgent health care, whether they’re uninsured, have a high-deductible plan, … Continue reading

Posted in Cash-Only Doctors, Dental Care, Labs & Imaging, Price Transparency | Tagged , , , , | 10 Comments

February notes from The Self-Pay Patient

As I mentioned in early January, this is the busy time for my other work (the kind that pays), so blogging here at The Self-Pay Patient isn’t going to be quite as frequent as in the past. I’m aiming for … Continue reading

Posted in Health Sharing Ministries, Labs & Imaging, Negotiating Medical Bills | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Dealing with Obamacare’s gaps

Stories are starting to accumulate about people who have signed up for health insurance through the Obamacare exchanges (or at least thought they did) but do not actually have coverage at the moment, or at least lack an insurance card … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Care Act, Labs & Imaging, Prescription Drugs | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Patient declines wildly overpriced $500 chest x-ray at hospital

Normally I only do one blog post per day, but last night another item caught my eye after I’d already written and scheduled today’s earlier post (“Insured patients can save money by pretending to be uninsured”). Actually, “caught my eye” … Continue reading

Posted in Labs & Imaging, Price Transparency | Tagged , | 10 Comments

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

Posted in Cash-Only Doctors, Convenient Care Clinics, Direct Care Practice, General Savings, Hospitals, Labs & Imaging, Medical Loans, Medical Tourism, Negotiating Medical Bills, Prescription Drugs, Price Transparency, Surgery | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Cash-Only Doctors, High-deductible health insurance, Hospitals, Labs & Imaging, Medical Tourism, Negotiating Medical Bills, Price Transparency, Surgery | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Bundled Services, General Savings, Health Sharing Ministries, Hospitals, Labs & Imaging, Medical Discount Plans, Negotiating Medical Bills, Prescription Drugs, Surgery, Telemedicine | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in High-deductible health insurance, Hospitals, Labs & Imaging, Price Transparency | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments