Category Archives: Costs & Finances

There are many influences that impact our health. Certainly poverty is associated with poor health – but it seems the shock of suddenly becoming impoverished is a health hazard of its own. [caption id="attachment_2539" align="alignnone" width="496"] Dropping Net Worth Will Crush You[/caption]   Researchers at Northwest University looked at the finances and health of 9,000…
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The Medical Billing Discount That Isn’t

My friend Betty has a fantastic health insurance policy. The company saved her $15,107.98 on a bill of $17,892.55.       Betty had a fairly minor operation at a local hospital. Sufficiently minor that the insurance company thought it was worth only a measly $2,784.57 – or that was their “allowable charge.” So they…
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First Law to Stop Drug Price Gouging

A short piece on the inside page of our local newspaper caught my attention.   “Judge: MD. Can Act Against Drug Price-gouging.” [caption id="attachment_2432" align="alignnone" width="912"] Ever more greenbacks[/caption]   A judge in Annapolis had refused the injunction of the Association for Accessible Medicines to block a law allowing the Attorney General of Maryland to…
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Drug Company Deception on Drug Prices

A new study challenges the justification drug companies make for why they charge so much for medications. For cancer drugs especially.   The cost of drugs is way higher in the US than other countries. Reuters reports on average cancer drugs in the US are three times what they cost in the UK – which…
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