NBC NEWS: Instead of the ER: Paramedics making house calls to chronic patients, 2/22

February 22, 2014

Instead of the ER: Paramedics Making House Calls to Chronic Patients

Individuals with chronic illnesses or those that are uninsured typically utilize the emergency room for primary medical care, yet this only leads to multiple, highly costly visits. Within the past year, it has been estimated that one in five Americans visited the emergency room for a total of 130 million visits, with costs ranging alarmingly from an average $750 to tens of thousands of dollars. Individuals with conditions such as asthma …

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WASHINGTON POST: Hospitals Will Tell You the Cost of Parking but Not of Health Care, 2/10

February 10, 2014

Nearly all hospitals will give you the price of parking. Barely any will give you the price of health care.

A recent study in the JAMA Internal Medicine Journal expressed concern, as researchers in Philadelphia aimed to identify whether or not hospitals would provide clear and honest costs for simple medical procedures. As part of the study, researchers called 20 local hospitals, and communicated to the operator that they were uninsured individuals planning to personally pay for a test. During …

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