posted on Jan, 21 2014 @ 04:03 PM
I just came across this tidbit today and it sure made me think back to this thread and I thought I would post the link here.
The researchers looked at some 110,000 births and Caesarean sections, finding that the lowest charge was $3,296 and the highest was $37,227 — a
trend that is mirrored throughout the U.S. health care system. Even when the researchers adjusted the hospital expenses to focus on patients with
similar backgrounds, ages, and time spent in the hospital, they still found that the differences in what people were paying were significant. The
study states in its conclusion: “These results indicate that charges and discounted prices for two common, relatively homogeneous diagnosis groups
— uncomplicated vaginal delivery and Caesarean section — vary widely between hospitals and are not well explained by observable patient or
“Health care pricing is kind of like the Wild West,” Dr. Renee Y. Hsia, the lead author of the study and an associate professor of emergency
medicine at University California San Francisco, told Kaiser Health News. “There is no real system of health care pricing. The ‘system’ is that
hospitals are allowed to charge whatever they want and whatever they feel they merit.” In a study completed earlier, Hsia had reviewed the different
prices for appendectomy in California. She found that they ranged from $1,500 to $182,955. “It’s not an exception, it’s the rule in the United
States,” she said.
“It is absurd — and, indeed, unconscionable — that the people least capable of paying for their hospital care bear the largest, and often
unaffordable, cost burdens.”
The one question this article brings to mind is this, Is there no regulations in the States?
I mean somebody should be watching this and nailing overcharging hospitals in my opinion only.
Good luck to all my friends South of the Border to us and I mean that in every sense.
edit on 21-1-2014 by Iwinder because: (no reason given)