Help us report! Share your health costs story and search prices

The health care market in the United States is opaque. Most people don’t know the costs of medical procedures they need until after the fact, leaving patients with little to no ability to factor price into their health care decisions. In an effort to change this, CBS News is working on a series of reports designed to bring transparency to the health care marketplace. CBS News has teamed up with journalists at ClearHealthCosts to gather information from you about the amounts you’ve been billed for medical procedures. We will use this crowdsourced…

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Gardening for the Novice: How to enhance your gardening experience by extending the growing season

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need” — Cicero, Roman Statesman and Philosopher (106 BC-43BC) This year has been especially hard on Montcalm area gardeners with all the weather variability they experienced trying to maintain their landscape gardens at a beautiful and productive level. At this point, it is understandable that many gardeners are ready to shut down their gardens and wait for next year’s spring gardening season to begin. However, now is the time for gardeners to enjoy the benefits of their hard…

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Five ways to safely research your health symptoms online

Help your doctor to help you. (Posed by models.) Photograph: RyanJLane/Getty Images Be confident , but considerate There is no need for you to feel self-conscious about letting your GP know that you have researched your symptoms online. Your health means more to you than it does to anyone else, so embrace the information at your fingertips: it may help your doctor to help you. But it is important to remember that they are the expert, and to respect their time limitations. Before your appointment, form some plan for how to…

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Calculate the Total Out-of-Pocket Cost of Your Health Insurance Plan

How much do you pay for your health insurance? If you only think about your health insurance costs in terms of the monthly premiums, you’re leaving out a lot of potential expenses. Right now, for example, I have an Affordable Care Act Bronze plan with a $442.83 monthly premium and a $6,200 deductible. This means that I could pay a total of $11,513.96—the $6,200 deductible plus $5,313.96 in premiums—before my insurer begins to pick up the cost for any of my healthcare. I might end up paying less than that,…

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10 Examples of Businesses That Could Inspire Your Next Business Idea

Whether you’re interested in starting an online life coach business or developing technology for virtual reality or offering a decluttering service. Before you launch your business, here are 10 examples of different kinds of businesses you can gain insights and strategies from: 1. Hello Pretty Hello Pretty is the South African equivalent of Etsy. Etsy South African’s sell handmade items of all kinds, from clothing, jewellery, art, digital and even pet-related products. If you’re a creator, then this could be the business idea for you. Before you start designing your…

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Healthy Reasons To Get Dancing Around Your Living Room Today

Dancing has been shown to be beneficial to mental and physical health, possibly even more so than other forms of exercise. PHOTO BY DARIA OBYMAHA FROM PEXELS It’s clear that moving the body not only enhances physical fitness it contributes to mental health and emotional wellbeing. And the array of classes to support you to do so continues to increase as the boutique fitness market grows. A 2018 London Boutique Studio Report, compiled by independent leisure market analysts, LeisureDB, reported there were 278 boutique studios in London providing over 15,000 boutique classes per…

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