How to Avoid Going Broke After an ER Visit

Managing Debt

How to Avoid Going Broke After an ER Visit

How to Avoid Going Broke After an ER Visit

The terrifying experience of visiting the emergency room often continues when you receive the bill. Medical costs can be high and one trip to the emergency room can have a serious (and often disastrous) impact on your finances. Here are four tips to avoid going broke from a medical emergency. 1. Think About It Ahead… Read More

A Guide to Your High-Deductible Insurance Plan

Personal Finance

A Guide to Your High-Deductible Insurance Plan

A Guide to Your High-Deductible Insurance Plan

New year, new insurance plan! As of Jan. 1, many people suddenly are in possession of a high-deductible insurance plan. This may sound scary (High deductible! Reach for your wallet!), but it doesn’t have to be. We’re going to give you seven helpful hints on how to deal. First, the landscape: For many of us,… Read More

In a Coma & Going Broke

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In a Coma & Going Broke

In a Coma & Going Broke

You will never wind up in a coma. It only happens to those poor souls on the nightly news. Or in the movies.  It’s never people like you. Are you sure? Last week, I updated my will and other end-of-life documents. It did make me stop and think about a lot of things. My money… Read More

Why Are Ambulance Rides So Expensive?

Personal Finance

Why Are Ambulance Rides So Expensive?

Why Are Ambulance Rides So Expensive?

How does a 5-mile ride turn into an $800 bill? Last week, we told the story of Jim Mathes, who was angry about the bill he received after he took a short ride to the hospital, the first installment of our new Consumer Rage series. Readers raged, too, both for and against the ambulance industry… Read More

7 Sites to Help You Save Big on Medical Bills

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7 Sites to Help You Save Big on Medical Bills

7 Sites to Help You Save Big on Medical Bills

Need a CBC blood test? You might pay $16 at one New York lab – or $117 at another. How about an echocardiogram with Doppler? It may run you $250, or over $2000, depending on where you go. One of the biggest frustrations about our current healthcare system is that there is little transparency. Insurance… Read More

Can’t Pay Your Doctor? Here Are 4 Options

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Can’t Pay Your Doctor? Here Are 4 Options

Can’t Pay Your Doctor? Here Are 4 Options

I pride myself on being young and healthy. This is exactly the attitude I had just before the crown on my tooth cracked after I bit into an apple. I didn’t immediately go to the dentist to get it fixed because I didn’t have dental insurance or cash on hand to cover the cost. As… Read More

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