Tag Archives: high-deductible health insurance

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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More evidence that it pays to shop around for prescription drugs

I follow the blog KevinMD.com, run by Dr. Kevin Pho and featuring a large number of doctors and other health care professionals offering commentary, insights, and news about the delivery of health care. While a lot of the posts are not … Continue reading

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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

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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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Health sharing ministries growing in popularity as Obamacare implementation approaches

I’ve mentioned in the past that health sharing ministries can be attractive options for many uninsured self-pay patients looking for alternatives to standard health insurance plans. A recent article in the Christian Post suggests they may be growing in popularity, and Obamacare might be … 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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Connect2Docs ‘bundling’ of services for self-pay patients = big savings

The Self-Pay Patient has been up and running for about six weeks at this point, and I’ve probably brought to readers’ attention dozens of different providers, companies, facilities, organizations, programs, and web sites that can help the uninsured or those with high-deductible health insurance to save money … 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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