Medical Money Pits
You Don’t Need All the Health Care You Get
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  • lukelea

    My local ER charged Medicare $1200 to prescribe some ear drops for my swimmer’s ear.

    • Andrew Allison

      If it reoccurs, try a 50/50 mix of peroxide and vinegar instead — I’ve used it for years, both prophylactically to get the water out of my narrow canals and in cases when I didn’t and got swimmers ear.

  • seattleoutcast

    Now that I have no health insurance (age 49), I hope there is more of this.

  • Matt_Thullen

    While this is a promising development, remember that this is the U.S. legal system and U.S. culture that we are operating in. GM may be forced into bankruptcy over faulty ignition switches that are responsible for a small percentage of injuries and deaths.,Auto makers have learned very well that when there is a choice between (a) decreasing costs and taking on an associated additional risk of injury or death or (b) increasing costs in order to ensure that even a very remote chance of injury or death occurs, they will take choice (b) every time. The legal system in the U.S. taught them that taking statistically sound risks will be punished severely.

    Unless there is some form of liability reform surrounding medical care, doctors will do exactly what the auto makers have done.

  • Dan

    “while the mean daily cost for delivering non-ICU telemetry also fell by 70%, from $18,971 to $5,772”

    Why does this cost so much in the first place? Isn’t this just the monitor that tracks heartbeat?

  • FriendlyGoat

    Every force in society EXCEPT the patient and the patient’s family should be focused on reducing ineffective care and lowering costs. But when you’re sick or injured, you are SICK or INJURED. No one, not even a staunch conservative or a loopy libertarian, wants to “go value shopping” at that time. This whole notion of talking about forcing sick people to become better consumers is totally nuts.

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