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Uninsured Older Americans Have Worse Cancer Outcomes than Medicare Beneficiaries

Patricia Salber, MD, MBA - 5/11/2021 - 1

Study shows a dose-response effect on survival that varies by the robustness of insurance coverage. Uninsured have the worst cancer outcomes.

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A Surgical Emergency Exposes the Crisis of the Young and Uninsured

Jeffrey Swisher, M.D. - 4/18/2021 - 0

When a patient looked anxious before emergency surgery, it turned out he was worried about the hospital bill, not the surgery. He was uninsured.

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Screening Colonoscopy: Shopping Around Saved Me $6,820

Stephen Wachter - 10/24/2020 - 2

After learning a screening colonoscopy would cost him $8500, the (uninsured) author of this story shopped around and ended up saving $6820!

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Drug Rebates: New Executive Order Only Addresses Part of the Problem

Steven R. Newmark, JD, MPA - 8/23/2020 - 0

Drug rebates often mean consumers pay more for drugs. Manufacturers raise list prices to cover PBM rebates. We pay a percent of list price.

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A Tale of Cost and Care: Blood on the Sidewalk

Margaret Cary, MD, MBA, MPH - 8/17/2019 - 17

A family doctor ponders the conundrum of cost & care in the U.S. healthcare system after she stumbles upon a young woman covered in blood.

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Your Money or Your Life? The High Cost of Life-Saving Drugs

Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD - 2/26/2019 - 1

The high cost of life-saving drugs: There’s something profoundly wrong with charging whatever the traffic will bear when the alternative is certain death.

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