Consumerism

2022 Already Filled With (Un)expected Surprises!

Happy New Year!!!! If you’re a first-time visitor – WELCOME! If you’re a returning visitor – WELCOME BACK! WOW! 2022 is off to a rather interesting start.  Here are just a few things that have already happened. Hospital Price Transparency – UPDATE The federal law known as the Hospital Price Transparency Rule, which requires hospitals …

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“Do-it-yourself” or “Hire a Pro”: How do you decide?

Credit: Featured photo taken by Daniel Sherer Every day, whether running your business or just around the house, you’re faced with choices when you need something done.  In many cases, it’s so obvious whether you should take care of it yourself (assuming you don’t just ignore it) or get someone else to do it.  It’s …

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Resort Fee… For a telehealth visit?!

Credit: Photo courtesy of and copyright Vintage Stock Photos, www.vintagestockphotos.com Did that get your attention? Read on and it’ll make sense in a minute. The Kaiser Family Foundation recently published a story “The Charges Seem Crazy”[i] about a trick that hospitals are using to extract more money from patients, it’s called a “Facility Fee”.  It’s …

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“Never Pay the First Bill: And Other Ways to Fight the Health Care System and Win” (Book Review)

Background One of my 2021 goals was to get into the habit of book-reading.  I read three hardcover books and listened to one audiobook.  A marked improvement from last year – ZERO – ha! “Never Pay the First Bill: And Other Ways to Fight the Health Care System and Win,” written by Marshall Allen, was …

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Who could possibly be hurt when you restrict what services hospitals may provide?

Credits: Grocery Store Image by Vectorportal.com I know, you had to read that twice, it’s stupid and was hard for me to write, but basically, it’s the exact and very short-sighted action that the state of Massachusetts just took.  You can read the details in this 11/27/2021 report by Fierce Healthcare (https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/hospitals/mass-calls-hospitals-to-reduce-elective-procedures-amid-staffing-shortages).  But let me …

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Financial Literacy From A Healthcare Point-of-View (Part 3)

“Each One, Teach One.” Better Late Than Never Let me preface this article by saying it’s long overdue. The reason? Let’s just say Life took me on a momentary, but necessary detour.  My pen, paper, and thoughts put aside, I proceeded on this unexpected journey.  Eventually, I would forget about the article…that is, until recently. …

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Financial Literacy From A Healthcare Point-of-View (Part 2)

Background image: Photo I took of my copy of Personal Financial Planning (Eighth Edition) Note: This article was originally published in LinkedIn on May 17, 2021. It is Part 2 of a 3-Part literacy series. A Seat at the Finance Table If you’re here because you read Part 1, I assume it resonated with you and …

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Emergency Departments publishing “Expected Wait Times”

Maybe you’ve seen the signs or advertisements and just ignored them.  They’re all around, on the side of the highway, the bottom of the screen during the evening news and DEFINITELY on the hospital’s website. They’re a force for good, right? Well… yes.  Good for the investors who own the hospital. For you? Not so …

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