Post Comment Preview Comment
To reply to a Comment: Click "Reply" at the bottom of the comment; after being approved your comment will appear directly underneath the comment you replied to.
View All
Favorites
Highlights
Recency  | 
Popularity
Page:  « First  ‹ Previous  1 2 3 4 5  Next ›  Last »  (44 total)
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
Stephen a Fazekas
09:15 PM on 05/22/2012
Our health care system is broken and Obamacare does not fix it.
We need to have fair and open prices to allow for the free market to work. The closed garden approach of where you have no clue how much health care will costs until you get the bill is a joke.

Its the same with RXs

Hospital billing will make a movie studios accounts get a hard on.

Lets say you get X done at a hospital
one hospital can charge 500 another can charge 90 grand.

but when it comes down to the billing its even stranger. So the hospital wants to make 1000 bucks from doing X to you. Well lucky you you have health insurance so your all good right?
NO
If it was fair and open then the health insurance would pay 800 and you pay 200. well the health insurance doesnt feel like paying 800.
they feel like paying 600 so now the hospital is forced to bill you 2 grand for this where you pay 400 and the health insurance pays 600.
If you dont have insurance it wont cost you 1000 though it will still cost 2 grand because the health insurance companies force the hospitals to over charge non-insured patients

Here is another example, a MRI for 15 min can set you back 5 grand, Or 20grand an hour.
A CNC mill that costs the same with similar per hour cost will set you back 300 an hour
jimbo57
ni dieu ni maitre
08:27 PM on 05/22/2012
No other developed country treats its sick people this way. Is this what you guys mean by American Exceptionalism?
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
Javida
08:35 PM on 08/22/2012
Not American Exceptionalism!! That's over!! American Fleece and Scam is what it is!!
photo
moAb
"when bad men combine, the good must associateā€
06:49 PM on 05/22/2012
One should NEVER pay hospital bills at the time of service if you have insurance!!!! Studies have shown that up to 80%-90% of hospital have billing errors. MAJOR billing errors. You will not have time to review let alone understand the bill while being wheeled out in a wheel chair. Second, let the insurance company do some work for you. They will apply whatever discounting applies to your bill based on the policy and other factors. This can mean $100s or even $1000s of dollars will be wiped off the bill. Thirdly, it would not be uncommon for someone who is at the ER or hospital to be under considerable stress. That is not the right time to make a financial decision and particularly when the bills that hospitals create are often undecipherable, even to experts in health care!!! JUST SAY NO!!! Let the system work for YOU.
photo
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
Timma
nihil habentes omnia posidentes
10:17 PM on 05/22/2012
Good post.
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
Javida
08:39 PM on 08/22/2012
And JUST SAY NO to padding your bill with unnecessary "pain" medication or even eating a meal if you are departing soon!! A simple light lunch may be upwards of $50 or more. You may be getting an aspirin table and charged $500 or more for it!! It has happened!
05:48 PM on 05/22/2012
When you have a profit motive for health care, for national security, the cost goes up. Just like NASA went bankrupt, medicare will go bankrupt, we will not be able to keep up with the cost. Its a very socialist idea, but we need price control for health care just like rent control. But people will pay anything to stay alive and will not evaluate if they have insurance nor should they have to, they are not the doctors ( experts) to guide them in the least expensive and most effective way. As long as there is profit motive in health care prices will go up until market forces enough people to die and then its not profitable anymore. Our question is how many should die before we tame the market. Its the market. Its strongest survive in our current capitalism.
photo
NHGranite
If they tell you it's not working, they made sure
05:06 PM on 05/22/2012
We have very good insurance. Of course, insurance companies pay nowhere near the same as you if you don't have insurance. We disputed some charges which allowed the hospital to call us the same days I was treated. Turns out they overcharged us close to $5000 as far as I can tell - that's what I got back. Probably made it up from the insurance company. Didn't get better either.
photo
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
chris hatala
05:00 PM on 05/22/2012
For profit hospital, nuff said.
photo
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
imokit
no longer has missing words!
04:34 PM on 05/22/2012
What's wrong with single payer? Everyone pays a little more tax and then no one has to worry about going bankrupt for health care.
Essentially its health insurance (lots of people pay money which is pooled and covers people's health costs within the pool) but on a much larger scale. It works cheaper overall as its no longer run for profit. Far and just and effective.
- disclaimer - I'm in the UK and very proud of the NHS, for all its imperfections -
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
ThinkinPerson
04:25 PM on 05/22/2012
This is simply pathetic. There is just no excuse for how profit has corrupted health care, and the whole saving the banks instead of Main Street --- well, here is another casualty.

Now what oh great leaders with so much knowledge? Now what? This is MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. What are you going to do about it?

That bill that everyone keeps fighting over - we all know its the not the solution, a bandaid on a tsunami of problem.

Wonderful.

Meanwhile, one doctor who did not even SEE ME because he didn't want to get in the 'middle' when I asked for an appointment since I had been hurt at a local hospital, and become disabled. Medicare paid him $335 dollars. Instead of being happy with that, he charged me even more!

Its so pathetic that this kind of scheme we have in place now is destroying all trust in the medical field and the doctors are going to need to ask for something different because all their patients can't even get in to see them.

Economically, this is like walking cows off a cliff....I mean the doctors and hospitals. The people are just the grass being trampled on...
photo
HUFFPOST COMMUNITY MODERATOR
J0E1
Don't blame me, I'm not a republicrat.
04:08 PM on 05/22/2012
Hospitals billing departments are probably the worst of any business I have ever dealt with in my life.  They are the most convoluted, disorganized, system.  It's a joke and the only ones who suffer from it are the patients.  I've had hospitals which insist on payment up front, send me a bill later for the same payment.  It's like, uhh, you wouldn't even let me past the front desk without my credit card so what makes you think I didn't make the payment?  Then it's call, fight, call, fight, call to get it resolved.
lqw
Justmyopinion
03:56 PM on 05/22/2012
Has anyone gone to the dentist lately ?  To fix a tooth will cost hundreds of dollars paid upfront. A crown can cost thousands.
This user has chosen to opt out of the Badges program
05:31 PM on 05/22/2012
Dental work is much cheaper in Mexico:

http://money.cnn.com/2010/07/07/smallbusiness/denticenter/index.htm
For cut-rate dental care, head to Mexico - Jul. 7, 2010

A friend's family uses a dentist in Nuevo Progreso, Mexico.
photo
outtopastur
Ask Us If We Care
03:24 AM on 05/23/2012
The last time I went to the dentist I was a victim of the old "Bait and Switch" con. I was told before the visit I would not be charged for the exam. They did the exam (turned out I had a severe peridontal infection and required antibiotics) and wrote me a prescription. The next thing I knew they had their hand out for $100. "For what?", I wanted to know. "Writing the prescription", they replied.

Needless to say, I did not return to that dentist. I treated myself.
lqw
Justmyopinion
03:38 PM on 05/22/2012
That was this man's deductible.
photo
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
geddy lee is a god
Playlist: Phil Collins, R.E.M., and Fleetwood Mac
02:53 PM on 05/22/2012
This is the type of issue that state Attorney Generals should be focused on, not birther nonsense. Good job on putting the spotlight on this problem.

"Many hospitals, especially a growing number of nonprofit companies, are on unstable financial footing -- so they're clamoring to bring in every dollar they can".

One of the major problems that non-profit/public hospitals are experiencing is uncompensated care from neighboring areas. Perfect example is the Regional Medical Center in Memphis (AKA The Med). They take in patients from Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, East Tennessee, etc etc. The Med has unique services that are not offered in many regional hospitals (the burn unit, neonatal unit, and trauma center).

The states whose residents are served by The Med pay minimal amounts (if any) to cover the costs of care; as a result, the hospital is always in the red. Uninsured Memphis residents are always blamed for the financial woes of the Med, but they are not the biggest culprits.

Uncompensated care, reduction in Medicaid reimbursement, and uninsured people using the hospital as a primary care facility are the reasons why public hospitals such as the Med are financially strained. Forcing states to pay for their residents' care and affordable coverage for uninsured people (this move will stop them from seeking non-emergency care at the ER) are two ways that non-profit hospitals can strengthen their financial standing.
lqw
Justmyopinion
03:57 PM on 05/22/2012
It is the law that doctors and hospitals collect co-pays and deductibles.
photo
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
Timma
nihil habentes omnia posidentes
10:19 PM on 05/22/2012
The law needs to be changed.
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
Sajwert
02:37 PM on 05/22/2012
If we have millions without health insurance, perhaps those who could afford it but, being young and think they will not need it, should reconsider. If they don't have insurance and need medical care, perhaps one should take into consideration why they don't have it and then determine if asking for payment up front is all that offensive. I'm all for asking for payment up front if one prefers to not buy insurance so as to have a higher class of living beyond the basics and pocket change. Those of us who pay large insurance payments monthly are helping to pay for those who don't/won't/can't pay their bills. I am not adverse to paying for those who are in trouble and don't have the money, but I see no reason why my insurance bill should be high just so a hospital can charge it more so as to help cover those who don't/won't pay their bills.
photo
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
TruelyFedUp
Ethics is nothing else than reverence for life.
08:57 AM on 05/23/2012
Nice, blame the sick people not the system. If you could see through your social blind-glasses you might begin to understand that our profit based system extracts the maximum amount of profit out of any situation and it couldn't care less what happens to people. For shame on you for having more than your fair share of Kool-Aid.
02:36 PM on 05/22/2012
Medical care in America is overpriced, inefficient and noncompetitive. We pay the most of any civilized country and yet we don't even have life expectancy in the top 10. Medical care should never be a for profit industry. We need a single payer system now!
lqw
Justmyopinion
03:40 PM on 05/22/2012
 Most of the residents are obese. Is that the hospitals or doctors fault too ?
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
Scallywag13
No, YOUR micro bio is empty
05:40 PM on 05/22/2012
That's partly the governments fault, for heavily subsidizing unhealthy food. 60 years ago, poor americans had the healthiest diets... today they have the least healthy.
photo
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
Timma
nihil habentes omnia posidentes
10:19 PM on 05/22/2012
Where did you get that statistic?
photo
HUFFPOST COMMUNITY MODERATOR
J0E1
Don't blame me, I'm not a republicrat.
04:10 PM on 05/22/2012
Life expectancy is a terrible way to judge quality of health care.  We have top quality healthcare in this country but it's still grossly overpriced and not available to everyone.  I wouldn't knock the care itself, just everything else.
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
TokyoTea
08:25 PM on 05/22/2012
I wouldn't call it top quality at all. My biggest problem with it is that doctors spend far too little time with patients, often fail to find any solution, and sometimes don't even inform the patient of what they've decided. I was in the hospital in late 2010 and I had all those problems and more. They did not even solve my problems.
02:24 PM on 05/22/2012
This is what the Republicans want either pay up or let them die were rand paul's words. Actually the republican party offers no health care and just wants you to try asking the next door neighbor,
then skip over too your church, then over too your favorite non-profit organization and if all of the
above fail then just die. Have fun. Andrea