The Billions We Spend on Our Annual Check-Ups

In January, Ezekiel J. Emanuel, an oncologist at the University of Pennsylvania wrote an op-ed in the New York Times saying that he was skipping his annual physical, which he argued as costly and ineffective.

Ok I Get It, You Can Worry About Cost Now, You Have My Permission

Andrew T. Gray is a physician’s assistant who had often told patients not to worry about the cost, to worry about their health. And then he found himself admitted to the ER without insurance. OOPS.

How Drugs Get Priced (How to Pay for Them Up to You)

“Why does Gleevec, a leukemia drug that costs $70,000 per year in the United States, cost just $2,500 in India?” THE ANSWER MAY SURPRISE YOU! (Actually it probably won’t. Patents, is the reason, and This Atlantic article on drug companies and patents and the Indian government explains how drugs are priced and how some people are trying to change that and have been trying to change that for a long time.)

A Last-Minute Guide to Buying Health Insurance

While the Affordable Care Act certainly has its detractors, 2014 was a good year for Obamacare. The self-employed, underemployed, or otherwise ineligible took advantage of the state and federal exchanges last year, and their participation drove the nationwide uninsured rate to its lowest ever. Insurance companies posted all-time high share prices in the third quarter last year thanks in part to an increased subscriber base provided by the law’s mandate. Healthcare.gov’s Marketplace is not as bad as you’ve heard. In fact, it’s pretty darn good. But the velvet rope is closing soon: The open enrollment deadline is February 15th.

Canada is Also Not an Abortion Utopia, Unfortunately

Women's rights in the north.

Drug Companies Save Lives (But Only If There’s Money For Them)

"An inexpensive drug that can prevent some life-threatening heart rhythm problems is unavailable in most places, according to a new survey of doctors in 131 countries."

How Much is Too Much for a Root Canal?

Annabelle: What is a reasonable amount to pay for a root canal in NYC because I have to get one and HOLY SHIT

Ester: Oh no!

Annabelle: It is so expensive. Should I go to the suburbs?

Ester: :( :( :( You don’t have dental?

Annabelle: No. we don’t. [My boss] claims that dental insurance isn’t worth it/isn’t possible for small businesses. And I naively didn’t put nearly this much into my FSA. It’s $2,100!!!!

Ester: Oh wow.

Annabelle: Bonkers right.

Ester: Totally bonkers.

Annabelle: The economy of dental confounds me. Is dental insurance worth it? What is reasonable?

Technically Legal But In Actuality Not

Natasha Vargas Cooper breaks down how abortion rights are restricted across the country: "While it is unconstitutional to ban abortions outright, states like Texas, Wisconsin, Virginia and a dozen others have been chipping away at women’s right to choose by keeping abortion technically legal, but increasingly difficult to obtain. Here’s how they do it."

Adventures in Tooth Care Adventurous/Terrible/Expensive, Even With Insurance

Teeth are expensive.