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HealthSparq Named Portland Business Journal’s Third Fastest-Growing Private Company in Oregon and SW Washington

June 18, 2015
The health care startup saw 1,146 percent revenue growth from 2011 to 2014, plans to add 75 new employees in 2015

The Cities Where Health Care Costs Are Way Too High

May 22, 2015
CheatSheet, Chloe Della Costa From the perspective of the average patient, there doesn’t seem to be much rhyme or reason when it comes to health care pricing. Previously we looked at the medical procedures and prescription drugs that are way too expensive in the U.S. compared to other developed countries. Health care prices can vary greatly within the U.S. as...

The Affordable Care Act As New-Business Creator

May 19, 2015
Health Populi, Jane Sarasohn-Kahn While there’s little evidence that the short-term impact of the Affordable Care Act has limited job growth or driven most employers to drop health insurance plans, the ACA has spawned a “cottage industry” of health companies since 2010, according to PwC. Read more…

How to Survive This Awful Allergy Season

April 21, 2015
Time Money, Kara Brandeisky Lingering winter cold means pollen levels could rise quickly—and so could your medical costs. Read more…

Angelina Jolie Opens Up About Having Second Surgery

March 31, 2015
Tell Us News Digest, Cindy Jovanoski After undergoing a double mastectomy two years ago to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer, Angelina Jolie recently went through yet another surgery, this time to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed. Read more… INDUSTRY BLOGS

Vasectomies, Wellness Treatment Searches Gain Popularity in the New Year

March 26, 2015
Insurance News Net, Staff Writer People in the United States increasingly shopped for vasectomies in the first quarter of the New Year. Read more…

Who Covers the Cost of Preventative Surgery Like Angelina Jolie’s

March 25, 2015
Time Money, Kara Brandeisky Faced with a genetic predisposition to cancer, Angelina Jolie opted for a preventive surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes. But can other women afford to do the same? Read more…

Gawker Examines Variations in Surgical Prices by City

March 19, 2015
FierceHealthFinance, Ron Shinkman Prices for common medical procedures at hospitals vary widely by city, according to a new examination by the online publication Gawker. Costs can differ by 200 percent or more. Read more…

Vasectomies, wellness treatment searches gain popularity in the New Year

March 19, 2015
Data from HealthSparq reveals new seasonality in patient health care shopping behaviors
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