Tag: Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates)

High Medical Bills Set Up Major Legal Showdown in California

In a less than a week, Sutter Health, a sprawling system of 24 hospitals and 5,500 doctors, will face a court trial over accusations that it used its dominance in Northern California to stifle competition and force patients to pay higher medical bills. Sutter, the nonprofit hospital group in Sacramento, with operating revenues of $13 […]

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How to Avoid Being Fleeced When Using a Credit Card Overseas

If you travel overseas, be warned: Pickpockets really are out to get you. I don’t mean the light-fingered thieves who try to grab your wallet. I am talking about digital pickpockets: hotels, restaurants and shops that systematically overcharge foreigners who use credit and debit cards in their establishments. A few weeks ago, my family ate […]

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In South Asia’s Onion Politics, India Plays Hardball

NEW DELHI — Truckloads of onions are being turned back at the border. Officials are threatening raids to prevent onion smuggling. India’s neighbors, reliant on hundreds of millions of pounds of the crop, are reeling from the news: not a single onion can leave India. Hit first by drought and then by monsoon rains, India […]

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In California, a ‘Surprise’ Billing Law Is Protecting Patients and Angering Doctors

ImageOutside Ridgecrest Regional Hospital in Ridgecrest, Calif. Since the California law took effect, there has been little evidence that patients’ access to health care has suffered.CreditFrederic J. Brown/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Three years ago, California passed one of the strongest laws in the country to outlaw surprise medical billing. That legislation made sure that when […]

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Does Your Real Estate Broker Owe You a Refund?

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] When Jo Ellen Pellman and her roommate searched for an apartment in New York City this summer, the two women dug deep into their pockets: They paid brokers a total of $1,200 in nonrefundable application fees, or $400 for […]

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From Underwear to Cars, India’s Economy Is Fraying

TIRUPUR, India — When Alan Greenspan ran a consulting firm and wanted to know where the economy was headed, he would often look at sales of men’s underwear as a guide. Mr. Greenspan, who later served as chairman of the Federal Reserve, believed that when times were tough, men would stop replacing worn-out underwear, which […]

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Pelosi’s Drug Plan Would Let U.S. Negotiate Prices of 250 Medications

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday released her long-awaited plan to curb soaring prices of prescription drugs, a political chess move that could prod the Senate to move and heat up congressional negotiations with the White House on a popular but elusive goal. Ms. Pelosi’s plan, which she was to lay out at a […]

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Amazon Offers Millions of Songs in High-Quality Audio. Even Neil Young Approves.

Amazon is hoping high-fidelity digital audio will appeal to all kinds of music fans, not just music snobs. On Tuesday, the company introduced a new subscription level of its streaming music service, offering millions of songs at high resolution — the first time a major streaming outlet has delved into a market long considered an […]

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How an Oil Price Surge Could Hurt the U.S. Economy

For months, American consumers have kept the economy humming. While businesses pulled back, shoppers continued to spend. But a prolonged surge in gasoline prices after the attacks on oil production facilities in Saudi Arabia could undermine that phenomenon and increase the risk of a recession. “It’s clearly not a positive, and it adds a negative […]

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How to Take Advantage of Shoulder Season

Summer vacation may be coming to an end, but savvy travelers know that the best time of year to book and take a trip is starting. Shoulder season — the months just before and after peak summer travel time — is when you’ll find warm temperatures, smaller crowds and deals on flights, home rentals and […]

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An Oil Price Surge Could Hurt Consumer Spending, and the Economy

For months, American consumers have kept the economy humming. While businesses pulled back, shoppers continued to spend. But a prolonged surge in gasoline prices after the attacks on oil production facilities in Saudi Arabia could undermine that phenomenon and increase the risk of a recession. “It’s clearly not a positive, and it adds a negative […]

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Oil Prices Expected to Remain Elevated After Attack on Saudi Arabia

HOUSTON — Fixing the damage done by the drone attack on the Saudi oil processing plant may be the easy part. The hard part will be calming energy markets, where oil prices have jumped faster than at any time in over a decade. The attack on Saudi Arabia’s Abqaiq plant, which accounts for 5 percent […]

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MoviePass Ending Its Run, 2 Years After Millions Signed Up

MoviePass, the fast-growing but troubled subscription service that offered movie buffs a variety of plans at discount prices to see films, said Friday that it was shutting down. The company, which became a cultural phenomenon for its all-you-can-eat movie buffet but struggled with investors to find a functioning business model, said in a letter to […]

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Mystery Solved: Private-Equity-Backed Firms Are Behind Ad Blitz on ‘Surprise Billing’

ImageA piece of direct mail recently sent to voters in New Hampshire by Doctor Patient Unity. The group has also run ads on television and on social media. Early this summer, Congress appeared on its way to eradicating the large medical bills that have shocked many patients after emergency care. The legislation to end out-of-network […]

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Apple iPhone Event: A Rebranded ‘Pro’ Phone, the Series 5 Watch, a New iPad

Here are the highlights: Apple drops the price of its entry-level iPhone. ImageTim Cook speaking about the iPhone 11 Pro. CreditJim Wilson/The New York Times Apple’s product launches have long been full of surprises, mostly centering on innovative new gadgets. The most surprising announcement so far on Tuesday? Apple dropped the price of an iPhone. Apple […]

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Pelosi Enlivens Battle to Lower Drug Prices

A draft proposal by Speaker Nancy Pelosi would empower the federal government to negotiate lower prices for hundreds of prescription drugs, not only for Medicare but for the private market as well, injecting new urgency into Washington’s efforts to control the soaring price of pharmaceuticals. The plan would revive an idea loathed by most congressional […]

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China’s Pork Prices Soar, Adding to Beijing’s Troubles

BEIJING — Things that keep China’s top leaders up at night: a stalling economy, a bruising trade war and, increasingly, pigs. Specifically, a shortage of pigs, which is fast becoming a national crisis. The price of pork has been rising for months and is now nearly 50 percent higher than a year ago, data published […]

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