21 4 / 2014

Check out how the Wall Street Journal broke down a $30,000 itemized bill for an appendectomy: http://online.wsj.com/news/interactive/HEBILLsub_O?ref=SB10001424052702303496804579367244016430848

Check out how the Wall Street Journal broke down a $30,000 itemized bill for an appendectomy: http://online.wsj.com/news/interactive/HEBILLsub_O?ref=SB10001424052702303496804579367244016430848

27 3 / 2014

"You have the most expensive structure available 24/7. [An ER physician] could be administering four stitches for someone who cut their hand in a workshop, or you could be trying to save somebody’s life from a gunshot wound, using that same staff."

Daniel Zismer, health administration expert from the University of Minnesota

27 3 / 2014

"I take care of people regardless of their ability to pay. I don’t care about their insurance, I never check their insurance. The only time it becomes part of the discussion is if the patient brings it up."
- Dr. Thomas Striegel, ER physician at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids

"I take care of people regardless of their ability to pay. I don’t care about their insurance, I never check their insurance. The only time it becomes part of the discussion is if the patient brings it up."

- Dr. Thomas Striegel, ER physician at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids

27 3 / 2014

"It’s sad to me, that insurance feels like such a privilege. And that a supportive workplace feels like such a privilege. It shouldn’t. You should be able to get in a car accident, and have life threatening injuries, and have systems in place that will support you."
- Katie Shatzer, Cedar Rapids.

"It’s sad to me, that insurance feels like such a privilege. And that a supportive workplace feels like such a privilege. It shouldn’t. You should be able to get in a car accident, and have life threatening injuries, and have systems in place that will support you."

- Katie Shatzer, Cedar Rapids.

27 3 / 2014

Let’s hope you never end up in this situation in the emergency room…
Credit: Bizarro comics

Let’s hope you never end up in this situation in the emergency room…

Credit: Bizarro comics

26 3 / 2014

"I spent 3 hours in the ER, had 6 stiches and a CAT scan. The bill was $8749… I was bleeding, was I really going to sit there and negotiate what the cheapest care was?" 
- Martha Norbeck, Iowa City

"I spent 3 hours in the ER, had 6 stiches and a CAT scan. The bill was $8749… I was bleeding, was I really going to sit there and negotiate what the cheapest care was?"

- Martha Norbeck, Iowa City

26 3 / 2014

Last year, as part of the Affordable Care Act, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published how much hospitals charged Medicare for common procedures.

 https://www.nerdwallet.com/health/hospitals/compare?proc=Acute+heart+attack%2C+discharged+alive+with+minor+complications&loc=iowa&yt0=Go

Look up your hospital, or compare rates in your hometown. What do you notice?

26 3 / 2014

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26 3 / 2014

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