By John Woolfolk | [email protected] and Kaitlyn Bartley | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: January 6, 2019 at 6:30 am | UPDATED: January 6, 2019 at 8:18 am Oakland’s Highland Hospital lists its price for a single chest X-ray at $131, while over the Bay at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, they say it’ll set you back $2,618. An aspirin tablet? Highland wants $7 for that, but it’s $1.02 at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and just 30 cents at Walnut Creek’s John Muir Medical Center. If that seems like a bargain, consider that Rite Aid sells a bottle with 100 of those same pills for $5.49, less than 5 and a half cents each. UCSF suggests they don’t charge for an aspirin pill at all. Hoping to empower consumers who are shouldering more and more of their health care costs each year, the federal government this year is requiring hospitals across the country to post their standard price … [Read more...] about Hospitals must now post their prices online: $7 for 5-cent aspirin?
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Joe Mcdonald, Ap Business Writer Updated 7:21 am PST, Thursday, January 3, 2019 A woman browses her iPhone as she walks by a mural depicting an iPhone and Chinese people buy smartphone to communicate with family members, at a subway station in Beijing, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. Apple Inc.’s $1,000 iPhone is a tough sell to Chinese consumers who are jittery over an economic slump and a trade war with Washington. The tech giant became the latest global company to collide with Chinese consumer anxiety when CEO Tim Cook said iPhone demand is waning, due mostly to China. Weak consumer demand in the world’s second-largest economy is a blow to industries from autos to designer clothing that are counting on China to drive revenue growth. less A woman browses her iPhone as she walks by a mural depicting an iPhone and Chinese people buy smartphone to communicate with family members, at a subway station in Beijing, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. Apple ... more … [Read more...] about Waning iPhone demand highlights Chinese consumer anxiety
Earlier this month, the Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously to adopt changes to the staple foods ordinance, simplifying the city policy that requires nontraditional food stores such as corner stores, gas stations, pharmacies and dollar stores to stock a certain amount of healthy foods. But that isn’t the only bit of news coming out of the law, which was the first policy of its kind in the country when it was adopted in 2008. Last month, after four years of work, a team from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health wrapped up gathering data on the effects of the law in the city. And while the U team will spend the next year analyzing the data, some findings are already clear — including the fact that while healthy food is now significantly more available in Minneapolis than it once was, healthy food purchases have not actually increased in the city over the last four years. How the study was done While Minneapolis has competing co-ops and large grocers, … [Read more...] about U study finds Minneapolis food law has done little to change consumer habits (so far)
Alex Longley and Heesu Lee, Bloomberg Published 5:13 am CST, Friday, November 30, 2018 In this file photo taken on September 6, 2016 shows pump jacks and a gas flare near Williston, North Dakota. NEXT: See which countries are members of OPEC. In this file photo taken on September 6, 2016 shows pump jacks and a gas flare near Williston, North Dakota. NEXT: See which countries are members of OPEC. Photo: ROBYN BECK, AFP/Getty Images Photo: ROBYN BECK, AFP/Getty Images Image 1 of / 22 Caption Close Image 1 of 22 In this file photo taken on September 6, 2016 shows pump jacks and a gas flare near Williston, North Dakota. NEXT: See which countries are members of OPEC. In this file photo taken on September 6, 2016 shows pump jacks and a gas flare near Williston, … [Read more...] about Oil slides as Russia minister says current crude prices are fine
(CNN)Sonna Anderson was enjoying a horseback ride through the Badlands in North Dakota in September 2017 when her horse, Cody, got spooked, jerked toward a fence and tripped on a cow track in the dirt. The horse rolled onto Anderson, who hit her head, briefly lost consciousness and broke three ribs. The 911 transcript shows that an ambulance reached the 60-year-old judge from Bismarck within 20 minutes. Anderson was secured on a backboard and ready to go when an air ambulance, a helicopter with a medical crew, also landed at the scene. Anderson says her husband asked repeatedly whether the ground ambulance crew could take her by ground; there was a hospital less than an hour's drive away. "But he was told that [the air ambulance] was necessary. They never told him why it was necessary or how much it cost, but they insisted I had to go by air ambulance," Anderson said. "But it's so odd there is nothing in the record that indicated it was time-sensitive or that I needed to be … [Read more...] about Sky-high prices for air ambulances hurt those they are helping