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Emergency room bills: what I learned from reading 1,182 ER bills - Vox
[[one hospital in Tennessee charged a patient a pretty reasonable $1 for bacitracin — while another hospital in Seattle charged $76 for the exact same ointment. Since prices aren’t made public, it was impossible for these (or any) patients to know whether they were at a hospital that charges $1 for a squirt of antibiotic ointment or one that charges 76 times that amount. 34 percent of emergency room visits lead to out-of-network bills in Texas — way above the national average of 20 percent.

And, much like the bills with high prices, these bills are really hard to prevent. Out-of-network doctors won’t often mention that they don’t accept the patient’s insurance; they might not even know.

patients can face steep bills even if they don’t see a doctor or have their ailment treated. They can decline treatment and still end up with a hefty fee.This is all due to the key fee I’ve been investigating this year: the ER facility fee. This is the fee that ERs charge for walking in the door and seeking care, something akin to a cover charge at a bar.

Hospital executives often argue that these fees help them keep the lights on and doors open for whatever emergency might come in, anything from a stubbed toe to a stroke patient.

But experts who study emergency billing question how these fees are set and charged, noting that they are seemingly arbitrary, varying widely from one hospital to another. A Vox analysis of these fees, published last year, shows that the prices rose 89 percent between 2009 and 2015 — rising twice as fast as overall health care prices.

How do I avoid a surprise ER bill? Or how can I get my ER bill lowered?

I wish I had a good answer, but I don’t. Patients are usually at the mercy of the hospital when it comes to ER billing.

I have talked to some patients who have successfully negotiated down their emergency room bills. Most of those people applied for financial aid, requested a prompt pay discount, or found an error on their bill.

Some especially savvy patients have even had luck arguing that their facility fee charge was coded incorrectly — that the hospital used a billing code that should be reserved for really intense, complex visits when their visit was actually pretty simple. I’ve noticed that these patients tend to have a doctor in their family who can help them make this type of argument.

Most patients who have successfully negotiated down a bill tell me it wasn’t easy. Erin Floyd from Florida told me about her experience reducing two of her daughter’s bills — one by 90 percent and one by 45 percent — through a combination of financial aid and prompt care discounts.

And then there are, as Slate has noted, patients who have had their bills reversed after journalists wrote about them. Our project, for example, has resulted in $45,107 in medical bills being reversed after Vox began inquiring about those charges.]]
against  USA  emergency  healthcare  cost  insurance 
yesterday by dandv
Expatistan :: International Cost of Living comparisons
E.g. https://www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living/comparison/medellin/denpasar shows that Bali is 12% cheaper than Medellin on the average, but food is 27% more expensive
expat  travel  cost  comparison 
yesterday by dandv
Facts + Statistics: Identity theft and cybercrime | III
in 2017, there were 16.7 million victims of identity fraud, a record high that followed a previous record the year before. The amount stolen hit $16.8 billion.

In the United States, the average cost of a data breach was $7.91 million.

According to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) and J.D. Power 2018 Small Business Cyber Insurance and Security Spotlight SurveySM, 10 percent of small businesses surveyed suffered one or more cyber incidents in the prior year, and the average cost of cyber-related losses over the past year was $188,400. Only about one-third of firms surveyed had cyber insurance

How long it takes to recover: 40-200 hours over ~6 months (via https://www.google.com/search?q=identity+theft+recovery+time, which all seem to point to a 2007 report by the FTC)

From https://www.comparitech.com/identity-theft-protection/identity-theft-statistics/ (which keeps harping on public WiFi being insecure, ignoring the pervasiveness of HTTPS, but does give sources):

* 6.64 percent of all consumers were victims of identity fraud in 2017
* 52% of small businesses don’t invest in cyber risk mitigation, believing that they don’t store any private information. However, 68% at a minimum store email addresses, which is one potential entry vector for hackers.
identity  theft  statistics  cybercrime  data  breach  cost 
yesterday by dandv
Which of Amazon Kinesis and Apache Kafka is the more proven and high performance-oriented? - Quora
It's true that in reading through the other answers here you’ll see: Kafka today has more horsepower out of the box on rough numbers in (somewhat-artificial) tests. What’s more, Kafka today can be tuned to outperform Kinesis in terms of raw numbers on practically any given test — but are you really going to do all that tuning? And are those really the factors that matter most to you, or are there other pros and cons to consider? By analogy: a Corvette can beat a Toyota Corolla in a lot of tests, but maybe gas mileage is what matters most to you; or longevity; or interoberability? Or, like lots of business decisions, is it Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) that wins the day?

What follows is a bit of a side-by-side breakdown of the big chunks of the TCO for each technology.
kafka  amazon  aws  kinesis  cost  cloud  study  reference  TCO  couts  pricing 
3 days ago by vrobin
SolSource | Ultimate Solar Cookers for Cooking Anything Under The Sun
So, they apparently have a patent on a very low cost coating system to get those mirrors
solar  stove  cooking  parabolic  dish  low  cost  mirror  patent 
5 days ago by asteroza
patrickhulce/third-party-web: Summary of which third party scripts are most responsible for excessive JavaScript execution on the web.
Summary of which third party scripts are most responsible for excessive JavaScript execution on the web. - patrickhulce/third-party-web
third-party  scripts  performance  argument  data  table  gtm  ga  googleTagManager  googleAnalytics  tagManager  cost 
6 days ago by marek-saji
patrickhulce/third-party-web: Summary of which third party scripts are most responsible for excessive JavaScript execution on the web.
Summary of which third party scripts are most responsible for excessive JavaScript execution on the web. - patrickhulce/third-party-web
third-party  scripts  performance  argument  data  table  gtm  ga  googleTagManager  googleAnalytics  tagManager  cost 
6 days ago by marek-saji
How UT-Austin’s Bold Plan for Reinvention Went Belly Up - The Chronicle of Higher Education
The costs of filming a new SMOC are between $9,000 and $66,000, according to data provided by Williams, with about two-thirds of classes between spring 2015 and fall 2018 costing more than $20,000. These figures don’t include instructional costs.

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Project 2021’s budget would rest on three legs: the university system, which would contribute a one-time $16 million; the extended campus, with revenue from non-degree-seeking students and other operations; and the provost’s office, which would kick in a few million dollars annually.
weekly  cost  online 
7 days ago by twwoodward
Madrid Metro and Railway Infrastructure
Madrid is apparently the world leader in effective subway construction.
transit  transportation  madrid  subway  metro  cost  nyc 
7 days ago by kellan
The TypeScript Tax – JavaScript Scene – Medium
TypeScript grew a great deal between 2017 and 2019, and in many ways, for good reason. There’s a lot to love about TypeScript. In the 2018 State of JavaScript survey, almost half the respondents said…
typescript  benefit  cost  issue  analysis  adoption 
7 days ago by gilberto5757
How Much a Full Pro Camera and Lens Set Costs for Each Brand
Photographer Terrance Lam’s friend recently purchased Sony’s entire line of pro G Master lenses. Curious about how the cost stacks up against other ecosystems, Lam decided to do some research and find out how much equivalent camera and lens kits cost for other brands.
photography  cost 
9 days ago by euler

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