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Do Non-Profit Hospitals Do Enough Charity Care?

Interesting story at NPR today on charity care at non-profit hospital:

Nonprofit hospitals, including Mount Carmel, pay no federal, state or local taxes, giving them a competitive edge over their for-profit counterparts. In return, nonprofits are expected to offer a community benefit, including free and discounted care for low-income patients.

But despite the requirement, a . . . → Read More: Do Non-Profit Hospitals Do Enough Charity Care?

Generic Drug Questions: When Will Generic Pradaxa Be Available in the U.S.?

We get a a lot of questions about  Boehringer-Ingelheim’s blockbuster atrial fibrillation (afib) drug Pradaxa. We constantly get questions from afib patients about “When will Pradaxa go generic?”, “Why can’t I buy generic Pradaxa yet?” and “Where can I find affordable, generic Pradaxa?

Well, unfortunately for afib patients, the Pradaxa patent does not expire until . . . → Read More: Generic Drug Questions: When Will Generic Pradaxa Be Available in the U.S.?

How Much Is Your Healthcare Costing You?

Some food for thought this weekend from the National Institute of Health Care Management:

How much is your health care costing you?  Tell us about it in our discussion forum!

More Than 50% of Texas Metro Area Has No Health Insurance

The Texas economy may be booming, but the Lone Star State also suffers from the country’s highest rate of uninsurance. How many people without health insurance live in Texas? Well, in one Texas metropolitan area, less than half of the residents have health insurance:

Texas is home to three of the top 10 metropolitan areas . . . → Read More: More Than 50% of Texas Metro Area Has No Health Insurance

Will You Take Some Health Insurance With Your Toilet Paper? Costco To Sell Health Insurance

Yup, our favorite “big box” store, Costco is now partnering with health insurance giant Aetna to bring you health insurance. The health insurance program is already available in Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia with plans to roll it out into other states.

But before you rush out to your local . . . → Read More: Will You Take Some Health Insurance With Your Toilet Paper? Costco To Sell Health Insurance

Health Insurers Will Pay Out $1.3 Billion Rebates, But Will You Get One?

Well, here’s the good news: health insurers will be paying out $1.3 billion (with a “b”!) in rebates this year, and there’s a good chance you could be getting one. According to two new reports, health insurers will be making the payouts for not spending enough of their health insurance premium money on actual medical . . . → Read More: Health Insurers Will Pay Out $1.3 Billion Rebates, But Will You Get One?

Is Your Employer Going To Keep Providing Health Insurance? Don’t Count On It!

For decades millions of Americans and their families have gotten their health insurance through a job, but that might not be as true as it used to be:

Jobs are the number-one source of health insurance coverage for Americans, but fewer employers are offering health benefits to their workers and more employees are becoming uninsured, . . . → Read More: Is Your Employer Going To Keep Providing Health Insurance? Don’t Count On It!

Generic Drug Questions: When Will Generic Flovent Be Available in the U.S.?

We get a a lot of questions about GlaxoSmithKline’s blockbuster asthma drug Flovent. We constantly get questions from asthma-sufferers about “When will Flovent go generic?”, “Why can’t I buy generic Flovent yet?” and “Where can I find affordable, generic Flovent? Well, unfortunately for asthma patients and their families, it looks like Flovent in both its . . . → Read More: Generic Drug Questions: When Will Generic Flovent Be Available in the U.S.?

Crozer-Keystone Health System Offers Free Mammograms in Pennsylvania in May

Crozer-Keystone Health System, a leading provider of mammography services, will partner with The Power of Pink, Inc., a local non-profit organization, to offer free mammography screenings in Pennsylvania in May for uninsured and underinsured women.

Mammogram screening appointments are available at the following dates, times and locations:

May 14, 5 to 7 p.m. at Crozer-Chester . . . → Read More: Crozer-Keystone Health System Offers Free Mammograms in Pennsylvania in May

Could an Appendectomy Cost as Much as a House?

If you’ve never tried shopping around for your medical care, here’s something to give you pause. Seriously.

What do hospitals charge to remove an appendix? The startling answer is that it could be the same as the price of a refrigerator — or a house. Sponsored Links

It’s a common, straightforward operation, so you might . . . → Read More: Could an Appendectomy Cost as Much as a House?