Cost of Care Concerns

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Delay in elective procedures due to COVID could cause healthcare cost to skyrocket

Healthcare groups across the country, including Lee Health, are delaying some elective procedures to deal with the rising cases of COVID-19. However, those delays can...
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Few primary care doctors, older population leave SWFL ‘medically underserved’

There are not enough primary care doctors to go around, and that's just one piece of the puzzle for why all of Southwest Florida...
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Unpaid medical debt reaches unimaginable high

Anyone who has seen a doctor lately knows just how costly care can be. Unpaid medical debt is now unimaginable, reaching into the hundreds...
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Are clinics cashing in on COVID-19 testing with upfront fees?

While staying in Naples for the winter, Margaret Sheahan and her mother Mary Beth found themselves in a dilemma all too common during 2020:...

Plagued by drug shortages? There’s an online tool for that

Gasoline and toilet paper aren't the only things that have been in short supply this year ... Prescription drug shortages continue to plague people who...
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How asking a question can turn into an unexpected doctor’s bill

Insurance companies cover preventative care as an incentive for you to stay on top of your health; however, there is fine print for these...
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Medicare and patient overbilled for bone density shot

Karen Lawson was surprised when her doctor's office told her she had a $500 charge for her bi-annual bone density shot. Lawson spent her...
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Billed for COVID-19 vaccine? Advocates say you should fight it

Susan Leslie was elated to get the COVID vaccine weeks before she expected. She got her first dose in mid-January through a major hospital...
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The sickening reality of Florida’s medical malpractice laws

It was his fifth marriage and her second, but they were together for more than 20 years. Karen Ballard gets emotional just saying her...
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Cost of Care: COVID-19 bills for uninsured patients could be catastrophic

Doctors in an Orlando area hospital saved Kevin Rathel's life in April. After three weeks in the hospital and some time on the ventilator, he...

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