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When a patient arrives at Bayonne Hospital Center in New Jersey requiring treatment for the respiratory ailment known as COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, she faces an official price tag of $99,690.
Less than 30 miles away in the Bronx, N.Y., the Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center charges only $7,044 for the same treatment, according to a massive federal database of national health care costs made public on Wednesday.
Americans have long become accustomed to bewilderment and anxiety when confronting health care bills. The new database underscores why, revealing the perplexing assortment of prices for medical care, with the details of bills seemingly untethered to any graspable principle.
I certainly agree on what you're saying OP. If it may be of interest to a longer timeline? I made this board as my medical section for the budget thread I did last year.
The top are just numbers but the bottom half I had put together for interesting context info. It shows pretty clearly how steep the curve for costs of a visit and such have been...and suggested numbers for why it may have been happening, atop the mad dash for profit at all costs now of course.
marg6043You are forgetting that America is a "capitalistic nation" something that was mean to help the nations economy equally, but alas our capitalistic corporate nation is now for profits but only for those that hold the power and money, they also hold congress and the presidency by the balls.
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Um, yes...this is not a secret.
This is what happens when you have a privatized capitalistic healthcare system...healthcare for profit, not for health.
There is only one solution to this and that is to have a socialistic universal healthcare system.