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There is no set price

We’ve been quarantining at home for months and while it hasn’t been great, we’re very fortunate.

I can’t imagine what it’s like to have to 1. get a Covid test and then 2. find out it’s going to cost a pretty sizable mortgage payment. Yikes.

How a $175 COVID-19 Test Led to $2,479 in Charges [ProPublica] – “A global pandemic ravaging America is no time to forget the first rule of American health care: There is no set price. One out-of-network medical provider in Texas seeks permission from patients to charge fees as high as six-figures to their insurance.”

To Take Care of Others, Start by Taking Care of Yourself [Harvard Business Review] – “As physical distancing continues, we need to make sure that we help alleviate the isolation, loneliness, depression, anxiety, and other mental health impacts that will result, driving a potentially system-overwhelming curve of their own. And now is the time to head off this second crisis.” Co-written by Whitney Johnson, it’s a good read and good reminder right now.

This next thing is just really cool. I’m not sure if I’ll be a buyer but I like the idea of it:

This Startup Is Making A Food Container That Detects How Much Time is Left Before Your Food Spoils [The Spoon] – “Most of us can detect food spoilage by smelling the ammonia emitted as food decomposes, but by the time that happens, it’s usually too late to save the item. According to one of the company’s founders, BlakBear’s sensors are up to 100 times more sensitive than the human nose when it comes to detecting spoilage.”

I think reducing food spoilage is a super way to save money and now that we’re home, we very rarely trash food this way, but something like this built into a container and easily reusable would be fantastic.

See you tomorrow!