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Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us
Time (Special Report) ^ | February 20, 2013 | Steven Brill

Posted on 02/22/2013 9:44:29 PM PST by Seizethecarp

When Sean Recchi, a 42-year-old from Lancaster, Ohio, was told last March that he had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, his wife Stephanie knew she had to get him to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Stephanie’s father had been treated there 10 years earlier, and she and her family credited the doctors and nurses at MD Anderson with extending his life by at least eight years.

Stephanie was then told by a billing clerk that the estimated cost of Sean’s visit — just to be examined for six days so a treatment plan could be devised — would be $48,900, due in advance.

About a week later, Stephanie had to ask her mother for $35,000 more so Sean could begin the treatment the doctors had decided was urgent.

The total cost, in advance, for Sean to get his treatment plan and initial doses of chemotherapy was $83,900.

One night last summer at her home near Stamford, Conn., a 64-year-old former sales clerk whom I’ll call Janice S. felt chest pains. She was taken four miles by ambulance to the emergency room at Stamford Hospital, officially a nonprofit institution. After about three hours of tests and some brief encounters with a doctor, she was told she had indigestion and sent home. That was the good news.

The bad news was the bill: $995 for the ambulance ride, $3,000 for the doctors and $17,000 for the hospital — in sum, $21,000 for a false alarm.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: healthcare; medicaid; medical; medicalcare; medicalinsurance; medicare; medicine; obamacare
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To: RWB Patriot

The shortage of psychiatrists in SW FL is so severe that they are able to refuse to accept Medicare participation and still fill their appointments with wealthy patients.

So poorer seniors won’t be able to “keep your doctor” if he dumps Medicare, which happened in my family on Jan 1, 2013.

41 posted on 02/27/2013 12:36:29 PM PST by Seizethecarp (Defend aircraft from "runway kill zone" mini-drone helicopter swarm attacks:
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To: antceecee
When I called and questioned they said they charged the price of a case because they had to cover their service to those who could not pay.

When profits are 26% of revenue, they are doing a lot more than charging for those who cannot pay.

Although it is officially a nonprofit unit of the University of Texas, MD Anderson has revenue that exceeds the cost of the world-class care it provides by so much that its operating profit for the fiscal year 2010, the most recent annual report it filed with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was $531 million. That’s a profit margin of 26% on revenue of $2.05 billion, an astounding result for such a service-intensive enterprise.

42 posted on 03/03/2013 9:43:54 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: Seizethecarp
Old people need to really understand that death is normal and natural. Throwing money at the problem does not change the inevitable outcome - death.

In fifty years, it will make little difference if old Martha dies in 2013 or 2018. Either way, Martha will be gone and probably forgotten. However, if in fifty years, taxpayers are still paying for Martha's extra five years, that will make a difference. Right now, our country is becoming flooded with old Marthas.

If old people want to spend a lot of money to unnecessarily extend their miserable lives, it should be their own money. The taxpayer is tapped out.

Expensive, wasteful spending to unnecessarily extend lives should be left up to the individual on a "pay as you go" basis. Pay as you go - and, when you stop paying, it's time for you to go.

43 posted on 03/03/2013 9:59:10 AM PST by Tau Food (Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Seizethecarp.
If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free. -- P. J. O'Rourke

44 posted on 03/03/2013 4:21:51 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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