Category Archives: Negotiating Medical Bills

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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Medical bill negotiators in the spotlight on ABC News

The other night Michelle Katz was on ABC News describing how a family that had been hit with a $50,000 bill for what seems to have been a normal c-section birth was able to use a medical bill negotiator to … Continue reading

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A few of my favorite things – NeedyMeds

Regular readers of The Self-Pay Patient blog know that I’m a big fan of an organization called NeedyMeds,* which focuses on helping patients obtain needed medical care that they might not otherwise be able to afford. NeedyMeds started with a … Continue reading

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Health insurance market closed to most, now what?

As a general rule I try not to discuss Obamacare (officially the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or PPACA) here on The Self-Pay Patient blog. I have plenty of other outlets to share my views on that law, and … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Care Act, Critical Illness, Accident, & Fixed Benefit Insurance, Health Sharing Ministries, Medical Tourism, Negotiating Medical Bills, Prescription Drugs | Tagged , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Medibid patient explains his experience

One of my favorite services for self-pay patients is Medibid, which allows doctors to bid on providing medical treatments for patients. Back in December, in a blog post on medical tourism, I included the case of Perry Hunt, a 50-year … Continue reading

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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

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Insured patients can save money by pretending to be uninsured

I’ve mentioned countless times before that paying directly for health care can result in big savings, especially when seeking treatment at providers and facilities that cater to self-pay patients. This applies to people who are uninsured, have high-deductible plans, or … Continue reading

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Karis Group’s bill negotiation service saves cancer patient $1 million

I’ve been fortunate enough to meet, talk, and exchange e-mails with a number of people at some great companies and organizations that help self-pay patients obtain affordable care. One of these that stands out is The Karis Group, founded by … Continue reading

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How to Opt Out of Obamacare

December has arrived, and the deadline to apply for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (better known as Obamacare, of course) that will be effective January 1 is looming large. Recent press accounts suggest the online exchanges are working … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Care Act, Cash-Only Doctors, Convenient Care Clinics, Critical Illness, Accident, & Fixed Benefit Insurance, Direct Care Practice, Health Sharing Ministries, Medical Tourism, Negotiating Medical Bills, Price Transparency, Short-term health insurance, Telemedicine | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 34 Comments

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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