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US Flunks Health Care Transparency
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  • Andrew Allison

    “The third-party payer system works against reform.” Eureka!

  • Andrew Allison

    Today’s report on our utterly dysfunctional healthcare payments system: Last month I had a minor surgical procedure which entailed my spending two-and-a-half hours in a local outpatient surgery center. Excluding the separately billed doctor and anesthesiologist fees, the facility billed $4771 for this. Medicare paid $970.26, I paid $247.50, and the rest was “adjusted”. The doctor and anesthesiologist receive similarly short shrift. Is this crazy, or what?

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