What happens when you can't pay your medical bills?
Original post made on Aug 7, 2012
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on Aug 7, 2012 at 10:42 am
The problem is that the charges are all inflated and phoney -- they bear next to no relationship to what will actually be paid by insurance.
I had a hip replaced five years ago -- in one noon and out the next evening. No complications, no unusual meds, one night in the H: the bill I was shown was $87,000+ smackers with completely opaque information. What's more, my surgeon -- the guy who Really added the value, soon thereafter left town because he said he could no longer afford raising a family in the Bay Area. And he was doing over 200 hips/year -- pretty clearly he wasn't getting paid enough.
The current system is completely SNAFU'd and FUBAR. I do not believe you CAN be a really intelligent consumer, because neither the insurance companies nor the medical establishment seems to want you to know costs, nor how much of my bill goes to subsidize those who can't pay.
I am hopeful that the cost-control aspects of ACA will have some helpful impact.
on Aug 7, 2012 at 7:38 pm
The "affordable Care Act" aka Obamacare--would not have ALLOWED gomer to HAVE the surgery. Under Obamacare---that ALL FEDERAL workers are EXEMPTED from---if your cardiac pacemaker needs battery replacement--it ain't gonna happen if you are over 60. Let them die----soylent green IS Obamacare.
on Aug 9, 2012 at 8:04 am
Nice job with your puppet Rick, Mr. Hannity. Why, I didn't even see your lips move!