Monday, May 13, 2013
New database shows wide range in the cost of colonoscopies, MRIs, CT scans and mammograms in the metro Milwaukee area.
If you undergo a colonoscopy at a Milwaukee County hospital, it could cost you as much as $6,840 or as little as $2,250, according to data from New Choice Health, a private company that encourages people to become smarter health-care consumers. And what about a CT scan? In Milwaukee County that could run you anywhere from $1,100 to $5,630 — with an average cost of $1,810, the data shows. These big regional differences have been in the news lately: As the Washington Post wrote on Wednesday, "One hospital charges $8,000 - another $38,000." Using the same data as the Post, The New York Times listed out the prices of a series of procedures in hospitals across the country. The Times and the Post used data from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid…
Monday, November 12, 2012
New report says the Nicolet Unified High School District has seen big savings from Act 10, as has Maple Dale-Indian Hill School District. However, Fox Point-Bayside didn't benefit nearly as much.
The controversial state law that eliminated most collective bargaining rights for school employees reduced benefit costs for Nicolet High School District by $418,000 last school year, according to a report released Monday. However, Fox Point-Bayside saw a $57,000 increase in benefit costs. The bulk of the savings for Nicolet came from reductions in the district's share of employee retirement costs, the report by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance said. In the 2010-11 school year, Nicolet paid $567,629 toward the employee share of pension costs for workers; in 2011-12, that dropped to about $37,043, a 93.5 percent reduction, the report said. But the district paid 5.1 percent more in 2011-12 for health insurance costs for a total of $2.3 …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
A study warns that Wisconsin is on track to have more than half its residents defined as obese in 2030.
A new study claims Wisconsin is heading for a 56 percent adult obesity rate in 2030 — more than double the 2012 rate, and about four times the 1991 rate. You can read more details from the exhaustive report, titled F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2012 and produced jointly by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Some key takeaways: In addition to the grim statistics for obesity and related health problems, the study suggests that a 5 percent reduction in Wisconsin residents’ BMI over the next 20 years could save $11 billion in health care costs. By no coincidence, the report was released to the public the morning of National Cheeseburger Day.