May 22, 2013 5:12 pm
A family of four covered through a typical employer health plan will pay out $9,144 this year in premiums and out-of-pocket expenses. That’s up about 6.5 percent over 2012.
February 8, 2013 12:22 pm
Online outrage is brewing after a 5-year-old Croatian girl named Nora Situm was reportedly told she had to pay $837,000 the day before she was to travel to the United States.
November 12, 2012 5:46 pm
In an unusual move, a big drug company said on Thursday that it would effectively cut in half the price of a new cancer drug after a leading cancer center said it would not use the drug because it was too expensive.
November 5, 2012 4:14 pm
The most highly experienced doctors spend less money treating patients than those with fewer years of experience, according to a new study.
October 22, 2012 4:43 pm
How much is good health care worth to you? $8,233 per year? That’s how much the U.S. spends per person.
That figure is more than two-and-a-half times more than most developed nations in the world, including relatively rich European countries like France, Sweden and the United Kingdom. On a more global scale, it means U.S. health care costs now eat up 17.6 percent of GDP.
June 7, 2012 12:25 pm
Getting physicians and patients talking about whether tests are necessary is a small but important first step in addressing what is wrong with our current health care system. Issues such as how we pay for care, how we organize our delivery systems, and how we engage and empower patients in their own care choices all must be addressed. But for any change to be successful, we need a real partnership between doctors and patients.
April 25, 2012 12:25 pm
Hospital patients waiting in an emergency room or convalescing after surgery are being confronted by an unexpected visitor: a debt collector at bedside. This and other aggressive tactics by one of the nation’s largest collectors of medical debts, Accretive Health, were revealed on Tuesday by the Minnesota attorney general, raising concerns that such practices have become common at hospitals across the country.
April 25, 2012 11:38 am
Independent experts have condemned the Swiss pharmaceuticals company Novartis for trying to force the NHS to buy an expensive drug to treat patients suffering from a degenerative eye disease, rather than using a cheaper, unlicensed alternative. Novartis is taking four NHS areas in the south of England to a judicial review because they have allowed doctors to prescribe the anti-cancer drug Avastin to treat the wet form of age-related macular degeneration.
April 25, 2012 11:32 am
An NBC News investigation discovered that cases like Latasiewicz’s are not unusual, but the result of current health care policies and guidelines. They are known as “permanent patients” and are hidden in plain sight in hospital rooms across the country. That’s because under federal law, hospitals must treat any patient who needs emergency medical attention even if they have no way to pay. Nursing and rehab facilities are not required by law to do so. At the same time, hospitals cannot discharge a patient without a plan in place for his or her ongoing care. The result is patients stuck in the hospital in need of long-term care but with nowhere to go, large medical bills, and no way to pay – a cost that is usually covered at the hospital’s expense.
March 28, 2012 5:31 pm
A few months ago, I went to a talk by a health economist. “How many of you think cost will factor into your decision-making with patients?” he asked the audience of medical students. About 80 percent raised their hands. Surprised, he commented that when he asked that question ten years ago, maybe 20 percent of his audience raised their hands. “Then again,” he joked, “maybe you are only saying ‘yes’ because you know I’m an economist.”