Medicare

Medicare policy on antirejection drugs imperils kidney transplants

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“Medicare spends $86,300 a year per patient on dialysis” “The upfront cost of a kidney transplant is about $110,000.” “…coverage of immunotherapy under Medicare Part B is approximately $2,300 per year.” But, apparently, Medicare Part B limits immunotherapy to three years after which the transplant patient must choose between i) paying for the immunotherapy out […]

Part D Precription Drug

Is the new Novo Nordisk “improved” insulin worth a 60-70% price hike? The market says ‘no.’

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My clients regularly ask why brand name medications are so expensive. This great article by WSJ reporter Denise Roland helps explain the game. “In traditional marketing, a product line extension is the use of an established brand name for a new item with new flavors, forms, colors, added ingredients, package sizes.” Novo Nordisk repackaged its […]

Long-Term Care

Questions to ask your doctor.

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My thoughts on some of the six excellent questions Elizabeth Rosenthal, author of “An American Sickness,” suggests you should ask at every doctor’s appointment to make sure your medical bills are what you expect. Question #1. How much will this cost?  Your provider’s office staff will know the fee a procedure, or series of procedures are billed […]