Not all states are equal when it comes to the job quality and opportunity of being a nurse the U.S. While the profession is in high demand, with expectations that the industry will double the rate of the average occupation by 2026, there are several challenges to being a nurse depending on location.
Within the same metro area, the price of some common health services can vary up to 39-fold, while services can differ 25-fold across areas, according to the latest issue brief from the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI).
A little over a year ago, California’s insurance commissioner began investigating Aetna for possibly denying care coverage without reviewing the records of a patient who’d filed a lawsuit. Now the company has agreed to an out-of-court settlement.
More than 90% of healthcare consumers were surprised by a medical bill in 2018, while nearly three-quarters were confused by a bill’s content and more than half could not pay a bill in full if it totaled more than $1,000.
An increasing share of hospital services have been performed in an outpatient setting in the past decade, according to a recent analysis from the Health Care Cost Institute—a trend that’s costing patients more every year.