Savvy health-care shoppers reduce out-of-pocket costs, while overall spending speeds ahead

Mounting evidence that you can save big bucks by getting treated at an independent outpatient facility is finally becoming common knowledge. A recent article on cnbc.com describes the situation memorably: If Monty Hall [former host of TV’s “Let’s Make A Deal”] was offering to make you a deal on health…

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As Medicare goes, so goes the nation. Or not.

About a month ago, while folks focused their attention on holiday gifts and gatherings, a small earthquake shook the world of health care analysts. A new study called into question the long-held assumption that what happens with Medicare spending happens across the entire nation. For years, analysts used Medicare claims…

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Company offers cash rebates to patients who shop for health care

Innovations in Health Care:  This is the second in an eight-part series highlighting experiments in reducing health care costs. Like many people, I’m addicted to comparison shopping tools. When my TV died last March in the middle of the NCAA basketball tournament, I went straight to CNET.com for assistance.  TVs,…

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