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    NYTimes: The $2.7 Trillion Medical Bill

    The $2.7 Trillion Medical Bill
    Colonoscopies Explain Why U.S. Leads the World in Health Expenditures


    By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL | Published: June 1, 2013

    MERRICK, N.Y. — Deirdre Yapalater’s recent colonoscopy at a surgical center near her home here on Long Island went smoothly: she was whisked from pre-op to an operating room where a gastroenterologist, assisted by an anesthesiologist and a nurse, performed the routine cancer screening procedure in less than an hour. The test, which found nothing worrisome, racked up what is likely her most expensive medical bill of the year: $6,385.

    That is fairly typical: in Keene, N.H., Matt Meyer’s colonoscopy was billed at $7,563.56. Maggie Christ of Chappaqua, N.Y., received $9,142.84 in bills for the procedure. In Durham, N.C., the charges for Curtiss Devereux came to $19,438, which included a polyp removal. While their insurers negotiated down the price, the final tab for each test was more than $3,500.

    “Could that be right?” said Ms. Yapalater, stunned by charges on the statement on her dining room table. Although her insurer covered the procedure and she paid nothing, her health care costs still bite: Her premium payments jumped 10 percent last year, and rising co-payments and deductibles are straining the finances of her middle-class family, with its mission-style house in the suburbs and two S.U.V.’s parked outside. “You keep thinking it’s free,” she said. “We call it free, but of course it’s not.”

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    I guess it is good that the 'mainstream' media is starting to question the medical industry now, rather than the usual BS of how to pay for more people to access that racket.

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    so true andy
    We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stephen212 View Post
    “Could that be right?” said Ms. Yapalater, stunned by charges on the statement on her dining room table. Although her insurer covered the procedure and she paid nothing, her health care costs still bite: Her premium payments jumped 10 percent last year, and rising co-payments and deductibles are straining the finances of her middle-class family, with its mission-style house in the suburbs and two S.U.V.’s parked outside. “You keep thinking it’s free,” she said. “We call it free, but of course it’s not.”
    Is healthcare in the US messed up? You bet!

    Do I feel badly for this " middle-class family" and their two SUV's? No way! There are far too many that go uninsured or under-insured in he land of plenty.

    I wouldn't mind if the money went to the healthcare staff, nurses, therapists, doctors and so on. But the top three salaries of our local "non-profit" hospital are administrators! And I am talking about mid six figure salaries! Only one is a doctor?

    WTF! I refuse to donate to that hospital despite their pleas for money. Meanwhile, our volunteer town EMS squad manages to operate on a relatively tiny, shoestring budget.

    The inequities in pay, and IMO, ridiculously high admin salaries really annoy me!

    Home healthcare workers that do much of the heavy lifting and only get paid $10 - $15 an hour on average!

    [rant off]

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    The medical field is just as corrupt as any other. I like their excuse. We ran all those extra test because were afraid of being sued. I like to see how many extra test they run on the uninsured.

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