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March 2nd, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Prescription for waste: Health care bargain hunting

Editor's Note: All this week, in the American Morning original series "Health care – Prescription for waste," we're examining more waste in the health care system – and this time it could involve your money. Today, our Elizabeth Cohen goes shopping for health care to show you how you can save hundreds when it comes to your own medical bills. Tomorrow on American Morning, we look at one hospital's war on unnecessary and outrageously expensive procedures.

(CNN) – You might think that bargain hunting is only something worth doing in a department store or a supermarket, not a hospital. But as our senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen found out, that might not always be the case.

March 1st, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Health care – Prescription for waste: $1000 toothbrush

Editor's Note: All this week, in the American Morning original series "Health care – Prescription for waste," we're examining more waste in the health care system – and this time it could involve your money. Today, a medical billing advocate shows our Elizabeth Cohen some of the wasteful charges she's seen in bills. And tomorrow on American Morning, we go shopping for health care to show you how you can save hundreds when it comes to your own medical bills.

(CNN) – Imagine someone spending a thousand bucks for a toothbrush. It might be amusing – if it wasn't your money. Consider this: for every dollar we spend on health care, fifty cents is wasted.

Our senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen shows us just how expensive some medical accessories can be and whether you’re getting slammed with bogus bills.

February 26th, 2010
03:00 PM ET

Next week: Health care – Prescription for waste?

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By Skylar Srivastava, CNN

(CNN) – Next week in an American Morning original series, "Health care: Prescription for waste," we examine more waste in the health care system – and this time it could involve your money.

With the health care system in crisis and Congress trying to work out a solution, your health spending budget could still be going through the roof. What if it was simply a matter of careless book-keeping or an inefficient claims process, would you take the time to find out? On Monday, CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen shows us just how expensive some medical accessories can be and whether you’re getting slammed with bogus bills.

We’ll also be shopping around for a medical procedure. You already do it for vacations and real estate, what about comparison shopping for a hernia repair? Will hospitals really tell you what it will cost? On Tuesday, we’ll take you through the ropes.

Is parenthood in your near future? For new parents this could be a shocker. The way you have your baby delivered could save you an extra two thousand dollars, and that could help you buy those diapers you’ll be needing. Wednesday, Elizabeth Cohen will tell you the exact dollars and “sense,” and why you should be planning a lot more than just a pregnancy.

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