Brill's pill, distilled
Original post made on Mar 21, 2013
Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 2:56 PM
on Mar 21, 2013 at 5:21 pm
I haven't been able to finish it yet, but this article will certainly make your head spin like Linda Blair.
By all means, let us keep protecting the poor misunderstood HMO CEO's and sleezy equipment providers. That, or lynch the lot of 'em.
on Mar 22, 2013 at 11:14 am
Derek: the Linda Blair reference -- now, That's a great lede!
The article has not generated great outrage, yet -- which is a testament to the hidden nature of the market that also makes it so easy to exploit. Most folks with health coverage are never directly impacted by the gouging. But imagine if Chevron tried to mark-up its gasoline from $300 cost to $13,200 at retail?!
I think there's an interesting follow-up phenomenon -- after an article this negative, you'd expect the various industry groups that were skewered -- esp. the hospitals -- to leap to their own defense. However, as noted in PR News:
"Among all of the various medical associations and healthcare providers that have a vested interest in "Bitter Pill," PR News could find nada one that chose to dignify the story via their website, no less try and tell its side of the story."
"Brill's piece drew no response from the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, the American Pharmaceutical Association, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners or the National Association of Health Underwriters."
"Perhaps the medical field at large is betting that the article will blow over and simply play itself out after circulating through a few news cycles."
... and they might be right, remarkably.
on Mar 22, 2013 at 1:14 pm
Check out the website www.castlight.com. A valiant effort to bring transparency to the shocking variances in health care costs for routine medical procedures done in hospitals.