Stories

The Cost of Miscommunication between Patient and Doctor

Posted by on Sep 1, 2014 in Blog, Stories | 2 comments

The Cost of Miscommunication between Patient and Doctor

By Kelley Cosgrove A few years ago, as I prepared for neurosurgery, a nurse who worked there told me, “Spend as little time in the hospital as possible, because the longer you stay, the more likely you are to get sick.” In a way, that statement seemed quite telling of what was to come for me and an indicator cost of care—the added cost of additional care, additional hospitalizations, and the additional illnesses that come along with that. Just days later, I realized how foreboding that exchange was. When I was admitted, I anticipated being in the hospital for one week or less. I had...

Read More

Transparency for the Sake of Our Patients

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Blog, Stories | 2 comments

Transparency for the Sake of Our Patients

By Ali Khoshnevi, MD My brother and I, both optometrists, had a heart-to-heart discussion about the loss of one of our patients. We discovered he was not taking his medications as prescribed, which was leading to vision loss. When pressed, the patient said he had a choice of eating, supporting his family, or purchasing his medication. He was under the impression that the $150 price for his generic Lipitor was “about the same” at any nearby pharmacy. We later realized that some of those nearby pharmacies charged from $11 to $25 for the same medication. Our studies revealed this...

Read More

A Life Lesson in Cost-Awareness

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Blog, Stories | 1 comment

A Life Lesson in Cost-Awareness

By Christi Lucus, RN, BSN It was July 2012 and I was pregnant with my third child. As an experienced mother and labor and delivery nurse, I felt very comfortable at 29 weeks gestation and anticipated the usual course of pregnancy. However, at 30 weeks, I started battling with preterm labor issues. This eventually led to the early delivery of my son, a four week and stay in the NICU, and a life lesson in cost-awareness of medical care. My third child, Alex, was due October 8, 2012. My husband and I were thrilled to be expecting our second son. As for myself, I anticipated a fairly normal...

Read More

Pharmacy Cost Savings

Posted by on Aug 11, 2014 in Blog, Stories | 1 comment

Pharmacy Cost Savings

By Megan Sanders-Sneller There are several different scenarios that I can think of in the past four years of pharmacy school that exhibit the high cost of prescription health care.  Prescription medications are constantly becoming more expensive.  Patients are unaware of their prescription benefits and how prescription insurance works.  It leads to a lot of frustration for pharmacies and patients on a daily basis.  However, every now and then there is something that we as pharmacy staff can do to help patients with the cost of their care. I recall one particular instance when I was...

Read More

From Teacher to Doctor: Lessons Learned on Minimizing Costs

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in Blog, Stories | 0 comments

From Teacher to Doctor: Lessons Learned on Minimizing Costs

By Anonymous, MD I remember being a New York City public school teacher, prior to medical school, and buying my own supplies for my classroom. I did not realize I would apply similar budget saving skills to treating my patients. Every Friday morning, I would look forward to going to my primary clinic at the VA. I was delighted to treat my veteran patients. I would also look forward to the personal stories they would tell me which ranged from war stories to updates on their grandchildren. Their stories were often unrelated to health care but it was the essence of what made my primary care...

Read More