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Medicare advantage costs often exceed traditional Medicare costs

From the Commonwealth Fund: Health plans participating in Medicare Advantage (MA), the private insurance option for Medicare beneficiaries, have long been paid considerably more to provide coverage of hospital and physician services than what the government spends to deliver the same benefits … Continue reading

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Hospital billing varies wildly, government data shows

From the New York Times: A hospital in Livingston, N.J., charged $70,712 on average to implant a pacemaker, while a hospital in nearby Rahway, N.J., charged $101,945. In Saint Augustine, Fla., one hospital typically billed nearly $40,000 to remove a … Continue reading

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High-deductible health plan enrollees avoid preventive care unnecessarily

From the Health Affairs blog: Consumer-directed plans typically exempt recommended preventive visits and tests from the plan’s deductible, or require only a small copay. These plans have grown in popularity, increasing to 19 percent of all covered workers in 2012 … Continue reading

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Doctor visits dropping, new Census figures show

From the New York Times: Americans of working age are going to the doctor less frequently than they were 10 years ago, according to a new report by the Census Bureau. In 2010, people age 18 to 64 made an … Continue reading

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