So a man posts his hospital bill online of $11,119.53 (with insurance). How do you feel about this?

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posted on Jan, 21 2014 @ 04:03 PM
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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.

www.medicaldaily.com...





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 hospital characteristics.”





“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.

Regards, Iwinder

edit on 21-1-2014 by Iwinder because: (no reason given)




posted on Jan, 25 2014 @ 07:19 PM
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Check out this link if you desire sticker shock!

www.liveleak.com...


My goodness it is very real and very nasty there in the States.


Regards, Iwinder



posted on Jul, 16 2014 @ 07:40 PM
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a reply to: CleanCare

It's downright wrong and unacceptable that this kind of thing happens, to hundreds of thousands of people in the US. Some of the stories are heartbreaking, particularly the 27 year old that died because his "coverage lifetime" had run out.

I found this thread doing a search. I have a young (24 years old) coworker that is currently paying huge medical bills from some ER visits and such during the time she worked a job that had no health insurance coverage. She has a condition similar to IBS or Crohn's, and has also had kidney stones. So she did the right thing - worked with the hospital to write out a payment plan to make monthly payments to pay the bills back. The hospital said okay, and she started making weekly payments of $80. A couple of months later, she started getting letters and calls from collection agencies. She was aghast, as she thought by making good faith payments that it wouldn't go to a collection agency. At least that used to be how it was. I don't know about other states, but the state I live in changed that recently. It doesn't matter now whether you've made payment arrangements and are making good faith payments. After 90 days, your bills automatically go to collection agencies regardless. The collection agencies demanded outrageous sums of money and wanted it all up front. My coworker never would have had to arrange payments with the hospital if she had all the money. The bills ran over $10,000. Not only that, but every month in which there is still money owed, your credit rating takes a hit - every month! She's still paying this back, almost done now, with a light at the end of the tunnel. But she's probably going to have a tough road trying to buy a house. She has no other debt whatsoever, no credit card debt, no car payments, just the medical bills, but her credit rating is probably in the toilet. She's only 24, and has to face this. I think it's just awful to have to start out your life with that hanging over your head. There are many like her, young and older, struggling with bankruptcy, dealing with collection agencies and the like.




posted on Jul, 16 2014 @ 08:01 PM
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a reply to: ChiefD

This is the sad reality that it now the American dream. Now we are essentially forced to pay a mortgage on our life they call health insurance, then if we have a serious health problem we are still given a bill for more than we can pay. Bad credit, now mean that you are not eligible for the upper middle class and often even middle class jobs......

Some countries have figured out that a healthy population that is not constantly worried about how they are going to pay for basic healthcare needs is a much more productive and happy population.





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