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originally posted by: seasonal
a reply to: liveandlearn
Oh I agree that there is some "abuse".
But when you have a company that pays (or not pays) for a medical service that is agreed to be covered, and then give them the right to refuse payment when they say so. Someone is going to get the banana, and it isn't Blue cross.
originally posted by: Edumakated
ER prices are super high because the hospital has to recoup from those that don't pay or have no insurance.
originally posted by: EdumakatedI know in my neck of the woods, we have a lot of urgent care facilities opening. They aren't ER, but they typically are open late and if you have a sniffle or some other non-life threatening need, but not something that you necessarily want to wait around to get in to see your normal doctor, they work well.
originally posted by: EdumakatedTechnology will help with a lot of this stuff. Between cameras, cellphone apps, etc there really is no need to go to a doctor for a sniffle. Imagine being able to log into an app, the doctor can see you through your camera, and then you can take your temp, blood pressure, etc through some relatively cheap device.
originally posted by: TonyS
a reply to: redhorse
All of which is precisely why the US should adopt single payer and at the earliest opportunity.
originally posted by: Logarock
a reply to: seasonal
Around here we have these little deals called Urgent Cares springing up all over. But they don't do much and the only reason they are springing up is so they can capitalize of off lower level stuff. Charge you and your insurance 500$ to give you some aspirin and tell you to go see your regular Dr on Monday.