Vectron: "One reason our prices are so low," says Smith, "is that we don't have administrators running around in their four or five thousand dollar suits.to deal with large numbers of poor, chronically ill, patients, because we choose instead to foist them off on public emergency rooms that can't turn them away
Azlefty: $o the Why ha$en't thi$ taken the Country by $torm?Sorry but most doctors are greedier A$$holes than litigation lawyers
crazytrain: Open pricing would be a huge win for consumers. Just think of a travelocity-like site for commodity medical procedures and services. Show the prices for each provider along with a review. Sometimes I can find a way better airfare deal by traveling 90 minutes to the next closest city - would totally do the same for some types of medical services, but that's just me.
imgod2u: The problem with averages is that it hides the low point.
iheartscotch: Meh; why worry about medical care? We're just going to blow ourselves up anyway. It's only a matter of time.Either that; or we'll end up in one of these;Progressive Paradise: where it is ok to censor art and media , because of teh children. And you can't defend yourself.The authoritarian paradise; 1984, eat your heart out.The libertarian paradise; bootstraps for your bootstrapsThe facist paradise; foreigners and Jews cause all the problemsAnd, last, but not least Theocracy!/ let's all sing the doom song
Watching_Epoxy_Cure: Nothing surprising about it, Subby. An open market is almost always going to provide the consumer with the best service/goods available.
k1j2b3: I looked it up. MRI machines cost between $1M and $3M. Do you know how many MRIs you'd have to do to recoup costs if you charged only $500 per MRI?
WhyteRaven74: And yet plenty of countries do just that.
MyRandomName: If the government is spending 100k a year on a poor person to live 3 or 4 years, it is a shiat investment.
MyRandomName: The fact is you can't save every human, or any, from death. Yet liberals put forth policy of all medical treatment for anyone. It is not a rational policy.
Bendal: OTOH, when my wife's doctor sent her to Rex's ER for what she suspected was a blood clot in her leg, we went there on her recommendation to get a more specific test quickly. We waited for about 4 hours in the ER before seeing a doctor, who examined her leg and told us "she was wrong, your leg is fine" and sent us home without any tests, medication or anything else. The bill for that ER visit was over $600 for 5 minutes with a staff doctor who did nothing.
jaytkay: Next time I am hit by a bus I will carefully choose among competing emergency-care providers for the most cost-effective treatment.Thanks for the advice, Libertarians!!
Bonzo_1116: Yeah, what happens if you need the surgery but don't have the cash (either from your own pocket or through insurance)?
Rising_Zan_Samurai_Gunman: crazytrain: Open pricing would be a huge win for consumers. Just think of a travelocity-like site for commodity medical procedures and services. Show the prices for each provider along with a review. Sometimes I can find a way better airfare deal by traveling 90 minutes to the next closest city - would totally do the same for some types of medical services, but that's just me.The problem is that most expensive medical services are usually in emergent or urgent care where you don't really have the luxury of shopping around.This idea works well for elective procedures - not so good for any sort of emergency care, trauma, or expensive chronic treatment such as chemotherapy where the costs will always exceed the means of any average person.
fluffy2097: for $50. We'll give you a bottle of vodka to drink, and a table leg to bite down on
BronyMedic: WhippingBoy: They do that here in Canada, too. I can jump to the front of any waiting list just by ponying up a little extra dough.Some people... poor people... have a problem with this; to me, it's just capitalism in action.Let them eat cake, Sir.
WhippingBoy: They do that here in Canada, too. I can jump to the front of any waiting list just by ponying up a little extra dough.Some people... poor people... have a problem with this; to me, it's just capitalism in action.
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