I think MANY of us can agree that Healthcare needs reform. Looking at Universal healthcare (which I oppose) or private healthcare, why does everything cost so much? Meaning drugs, services, etc.... I understand that people need to make a living - Drs., nurses, staff, etc. and the cost of running a business and the overhead necessary for it to operate. But I was just reading this article:
and it really led me to this question. In this case, a cancer patient undergoes months of chemotheraphy while in the hopsital. With lousy insurance his medical bills were very pricey. I was just in the hospital for a procedure and was shocked to see the actual costs for 'simple' tests. $2500 for anesthesia? $50 for 1 simple x-ray? seriously? why?
Maybe our gov. should put more focus into grossly inflated costs by drug companies, Drs., & hospitals.
Answer by jenniferlee_12 at 2:34 PM on Aug. 22, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 3:08 PM on Aug. 22, 2009
medications have to be expensive so they have plenty of money for campaign contributions
Answer by NotPanicking at 3:14 PM on Aug. 22, 2009
Well sadly enough most providers have to pay so much in malpractice ins that they have to pass it onto the consumer (patient). That includes hospitals and docs. They have to cover their asses so much that their insurance for malpractice is unreal. The other problem is that health insurance companies basically force providers to enter into contracts with them and much of the charges are written off. In order to get back anything close to what they should actually get, the provider has to charge a lot more. Providers have learned how to play that game over the past decade. If you look at an EOB from an insurance company the amount actually paid vs what was charged is actually very low. Also, when large numbers of uninsured people skip out in their bill they cost gets passed onto the consumer. The current system is such a tangled web that it's hard to pinpoint one thing that would "fix" it all.
Answer by anime_mom619 at 3:20 PM on Aug. 22, 2009
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