RembrandtQEinstein: stop forcing emergency rooms/hospitals to stabilize people regardless of ability to paypoof, health care "crisis" solved
AliceBToklasLives: Nice article - good job mentioned the key reason there are "superusers" - lack of health insurance. For many people, the only way to see a doctor is to go to the ER.
KrispyKritter: worked for a major medical x ray film company based in Japan. we were the first customer, their USA division. they marked up what they sold/shipped to our warehouses.the USA salesmen would pursue major accounts. they would give away huge dollars worth of hi tech equipment with free install and maintenance to help land a film contract. since they were stepping on the toes of a local dealer (who carried multiple brands of film & equipment) that dealer would get a cut right off the bat. if the local dealer was trained & under contract to service that equipment they would get fat dollars annually regardless if they went on site 1 time or 10 times.the USA division marked up film and equipment sold to x-ray film & equipment dealers.the x-ray film & equipment dealers marked up the film, equipment & service contracts they sold to every doc-in-the-box, vet, dentist, hospital, clinic, you name it.it costs a bundle to cover the overhead of any doc-in-the-box, vet, dentist, hospital, clinic, you name it. so they mark up every x-ray sky high to cover expenses and make a profit at the end of the day.whole lot of people making a whole lot of money.
Marcus Aurelius: sno man: The actual one is paying for all the people between you and your doctor. Yea free market!All civilized nations provide basic health care for free to everyone.
The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: One thing health care plans provide is discounting. If you have insurance and even if you are paying out-of-pocket with a high deductible, hospitals will bill you at a much lower rate for care (saw a hospital stay of $30k get billed to Blue Cross for $9k). With no insurance you pay full retail. Also you can set up an HSA with high-deductible insurance so your health care is tax-free. Without an HSA you pay after-tax dollars and you can't even start to write it off until it's around 7% of your income.
hardinparamedic: I had to look this up to see what you were talking about. The actual story is far worse than people might think.
flondrix: To elaborate: My home town has an urgent care clinic, but no ER. If the urgent care clinic can turn you away for not having the bucks...I guess you're dead.
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