Category Archives: Surgery

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 inflation slows because of self-pay healthcare?

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article today about the recent slowdown in medical inflation, with the cost of healthcare rising more slowly in recent years than in the past. Of interest to readers here is that the article cites several … Continue reading

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Thyroid cancer specialist talks about being cash-only

Cancer treatment can easily be one of the most expensive medical bills that anyone will ever be hit with. And unfortunately, while there are numerous options for self-pay patients seeking primary care, when it comes to cancer treatment the options … 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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Alternative funding for healthcare – medical loans

One of the major challenges for many self-pay patients is finding the money to pay for major treatments such as surgery. Whether a person is uninsured, has high-deductible health insurance, or has ‘comprehensive’ insurance that won’t pay for a specific … Continue reading

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Fixed-benefit insurance policies an alternative to ‘comprehensive’ insurance

Today the Wall Street Journal has a fascinating op-ed piece titled ‘The Man Who Was Treated for $17,000 less,’ written by Dr. Jeffrey Singer of Arizona. The story resembles many that I’ve written about here, with unsuspecting self-pay patients potentially … Continue reading

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Narayana surgical hospitals in India provide heart surgery for much less than U.S. facilities

I’m surprised it’s taken me this long to write this post since I was reading an article about this topic several weeks back that helped prompt me to launch The Self-Pay Patient. I’ve mentioned previously that I’ve written a book to … Continue reading

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Big savings for ‘under-insured’ family needing tonsillectomy

I’ve said before, whether you’re an uninsured, high-deductible, or ‘fully’ insured self-pay patient, if you’re not following Michelle Katz, you’re doing it wrong. Michelle is a nurse and patient advocate who focuses on helping individual families avoid medical debt and get … Continue reading

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Keep an eye on those hospital bills!

As I mentioned previously, it’s going to be light blogging for me for the next several days as I continue to recover from my own surgery (so far, recovery seems to be going well). But as I go through my own experience … Continue reading

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