medical pricing

A Washington Post review of data from Florida outpatient surgery centers discovered that some gastroenterologists and other physicians were being paid for doing procedures that would add up to  more than 12 hours a day -- in some cases, more than 24 hours a day.

New York Times

As the New York Times reports in the first of a series on out-of-whack health-care spending, the colonoscopy is the priciest screening that healthy Americans routinely get, at an average cost of $1,185. The basic test for cancer in other places around the world is nowhere near as expensive, according to data from the International Federation of Health Plans.

Both insured and uninsured patients have reason to comparison-shop for medical procedures in non-emergencies, but that has been tough to do. As the Tampa Bay Times reports, a Tampa company, Save on Medical, offers a website that tries the Travelocity approach: people who need a medical procedure can lock-in a price and book an appointment online.