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A Price for the G.O.P.’s
Health Care Insanity

New York Times, by Bret Stephens

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Posted By:danvillebill, 7/1/2017 12:29:26 AM

It costs as little as $10 and as much as $10,169 to get the same blood test in California. A lower-back M.R.I. priced at $199 at one Florida clinic goes for $6,221 in San Francisco. A shoulder X-ray can run anywhere between $21 and more than $700 across the United States. In Spain, a 30-day supply of Truvada, which helps prevent H.I.V.-AIDS, costs an average of $559, according to data compiled by the International Federation of Health Plans. In the United States it’s $1,301. In Britain, the average price of an angioplasty is $7,264 versus $31,620 in the United States.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: NYbob, 7/1/2017 12:34:16 AM     (No. 11305060)

Fast, cheap or good. Pick two. Figure it out Bret. A procedure might be cheap in Britain, but it won´t be fast or it won´t be good. You are pretending systems and countries are similar. They aren´t and you would know that if you weren´t limited to writing propaganda for a sleaze paper.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Janylou, 7/1/2017 12:45:43 AM     (No. 11305066)

Back in 2004, my husband had to have knee surgery to repair a torn ligament. We had no insurance. We paid cash for all of it. The surgical center, the doctor, the MRI places all gave us hefty cash discounts. The only one who didn´t was the anesthesiologist. Do you know why? Because they didn´t have to do a lot of extra paperwork and they didn´t have to wait for payment. Maybe it is time to go back to paying our own bills and then submitting them ourselves to insurance companies. It would help us to be more cost conscious and help keep costs down. It would also help reduce fraud.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 7/1/2017 2:20:25 AM     (No. 11305099)

#2 Anesthesiologist do not accept any plans. Unless you appeal with the insurer to pay them, they have little sympathy.

We need standardized forms, standardized insurance plans, and standardized prices.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Trigger2, 7/1/2017 3:35:25 AM     (No. 11305109)

The price difference in the U.S. for anything medical is based on pure greed. The price difference for drugs between the U.S. and the rest of the world is because U.S. citizens are required to pay more to subsidize the rest of the world.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Bur Oak, 7/1/2017 8:08:29 AM     (No. 11305185)

Insurance does not save money. There are costs to pay for all those insurance company employees, stockholders, and for the health care industry to satisfy the insurance company requirements.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: ida lou pino, 7/1/2017 9:27:04 AM     (No. 11305259)

Bret Stephens AND The NY Times?

No thonx.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: MDConservative, 7/1/2017 10:31:52 AM     (No. 11305340)

This is why the most needed reform is not more government meddling in the structure of policy coverage, but the transparent pricing and posting of the charges for medical goods and services, including any "negotiated" and "cash discount" prices. Today, who cares what the bill totals? American medical care is only expensive because it is subsidized by government and insurance companies, and consumers are kept ignorant. #2 has it right...

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 7/1/2017 10:49:34 AM     (No. 11305360)

There is SO MUCH more involved than the article states. The QUALITY of the treatment being one prime example. My wife and I have excellent insurance coverage, so we have a choice of providers, and have found on more than one occasion that changing to a better one made a huge difference, sometimes within the same medical group. Poor treatment can be worse than no treatment if your medical problems are worsened, which can easily become the case ( such as in the side effects of medications) .

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Reply 9 - Posted by: dvc, 7/1/2017 3:04:46 PM     (No. 11305634)

NYT, on health care.

Nah.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: 4justice, 7/1/2017 3:45:28 PM     (No. 11305686)

Explained very simply...in the U.S., there is absolutely no kind of free market when it comes to our health care industry. Add in the massive fraud that takes place in Medicaid and Medicare and all the uninsured illegals (as well as citizens) adding to the costs of doing business for taxpayers.

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