Health Care Where Your Community Is Your Insurance
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  • Anthony

    Selling of health care: original charge $63,000; accepted payment $36,000 a 43% differential. Follow-up MRI $5,000 initial charge; accepted payment $1,500 a differential of 70%. As a community concern, the selling of health care needs to become equally important a public policy matter as furor surrounding ACA.

    • Andrew Allison

      The example given is just another one of the utter perversity of a healthcare system in which providers are forced to extort money from the uninsured in order to make up for the losses incurred in providing care for the insured and the indigent. The fact that hospitals are willing to offer enormous discounts for cash on the barrel head shows just how unecessary costly the curent system is.

  • Andrew Allison

    Heartening news, but of course it only works for a group to which all members feel responsibility to the group. Unhappily, there’s not a whole lot of that left in our entitlement society.

    It seems to me that the only practicable alternative for society at large is, as VM has argued, to make the cost of heath care very visible to the individual recipient, i.e., high deductible and co-pay insurance.

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