healthcare costs

Cost of Healthcare Services

By Matt Fisher – Without taking time to think about an answer, what first comes to mind when asked where the cost for healthcare services is the highest? In or connected to a hospital is the usual answer. Is that the correct answer? It can be complicated (as everything in healthcare usually is), but there are more than a few grains of truth and accuracy to the answer.

Post-Pandemic, What’s a Phone Call From Your Physician Worth?

By Julie Appleby – Maybe this has happened to you recently: Your doctor telephoned to check in with you, chatting for 11 to 20 minutes, perhaps answering a question you contacted her office with, or asking how you’re responding to a medication change. For that, your doctor got paid about $27 if you are on Medicare — maybe a bit more if you have private insurance.

Analysis: Don’t Want a Vaccine? Be Prepared to Pay More for Insurance.

By Elisabeth Rosenthal & Glenn Kramon – America’s covid-19 vaccination rate is around 60% for ages 12 and up. That’s not enough to reach so-called herd immunity, and in states like Missouri — where a number of counties have vaccination rates under 25% — hospitals are overwhelmed by serious outbreaks of the more contagious delta variant.