Category Archives: Price Transparency

Several new options for prescription drug savings

Yesterday within the space of a couple of hours I had couple of different prescription drug savings web sites come to my attention, all through different channels. I took this to mean the universe wanted my next blog post to … Continue reading

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GoodRx blog a handy source of news on prescription drugs

I’ve mentioned GoodRx before, a site that allows consumers to quickly find the prices charged by local pharmacies for prescription drugs. In fact, I used the site myself when I was shopping for medicines before my surgery in August. The … Continue reading

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Clear Health Costs site a great source for self-pay patients

One of the challenges writing a blog like The Self-Pay Patient is that there are so many great medical practices, facilities, companies, organizations, and web sites out there that it’s hard to find the time and space to write about. … Continue reading

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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

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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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When price transparency is useless (or worse)

Price transparency is a major concern to self-pay patients. Without knowing ahead of time what a provider charges for a particular service, there is no reasonable way to shop for care and make sure you are getting the best value … Continue reading

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Direct primary care practices – why are they so much less expensive?

I realize I spend a lot of time here explaining the who, the what, the where, and the how of getting affordable health care as a self-pay patient,  describing things like telemedicine providers, pharmaceutical discount cards, health care sharing ministries, … Continue reading

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Affordable dental care in Los Angeles from Brighter.com

It seems like dental care is often forgot about when it comes to health care. I’ve been fortunate myself not to need anything other than braces and a few cavities filled during my teen years, but I’ve known others who … Continue reading

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Direct primary care practice comes to Tennessee

One of the trends I’ve seen over the last several years is more and more doctors abandoning insurance and the third-party payer system in favor of direct payment by patients. For self-pay patients, finding doctors who only take direct payment … Continue reading

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More options for self-pay patients in Oklahoma

Looking across the country at all of the many options for self-pay patients seeking affordable healthcare, I occasionally see areas where there seems to be an awful lot of activity among providers and entrepreneurs seeking to meet the needs of … Continue reading

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