Max Out of Pocket

How Much Should A Comprehensive Metabolic Panel Cost?

As you might have already figured out, Max likes to be extremely comprehensive when planning for out-of-pocket healthcare costs. But I also like to be just as comprehensive with my actual healthcare. So when my doctor offered to order me a comprehensive metabolic panel at my free preventive exam last week, I just about fell off the exam table in excitement. I figured why not throw down an extra $15.38 and spring for a more...

Max Out of Pocket – October

Well, we made it through the army of leaf-peepers that descended on our town for the first few weeks in October. The peak fall foliage weekend for our area landed right on Columbus Day this year. It was probably one of the more spectacular displays of colors I have seen so far during my tenure here in New England.  As we did in September, we spent most of October just getting back into the routine...

How Much Should A Cat Dental Cleaning Cost?

As pumped as I was that the Max Out of Pocket crew was able to save $300 on our dental premiums in 2019, most of that money was invested right back into our cat’s teeth in September. That’s right, Max is going off course here. But whoever said this blog can only talk about out-of-pocket costs for human healthcare? What about our furry family? They can get expensive too. The spectrum for what people are...

Healthcare REITs: A Case For Diversification

Max has gotten a bit reckless with the medical office building REIT portfolio. This hobby of mine has grown from a position of just a few thousand dollars to over $35,000. It is projected to put about $1,823 in dividends back in my pocket over the next 12 months. But the lack of diversification can no longer be ignored. My mom always told me not to put all my medical office buildings eggs into one...

How Much Should A Basic Metabolic Panel Cost?

After waiting for 78 days, I will finally get in to see my new doctor later in October. During this free annual exam, he will likely order a basic metabolic panel. I sometimes hear it called BMP for short. I’ve personally had this ordered for me during other physicals and have seen it ordered routinely at clinics I have worked with in the past. But what is a basic metabolic panel and how much should...