Discussion in 'Healthcare/Insurance/Govt Healthcare' started by Toro, Aug 24, 2009.
And that is the biggest problem. To make matters worse, the insurance companies do not help to reduce costs. Since I am now without insurance, I am paying as out of pocket for all of my medical care, which involves seeing doctors, having lab tests with follow up, getting ultrasounds, phlebotomies, and a number of other things. What I have found is that by doing some legwork, I can get most things I need for a fraction of what the insurance companies pay. As an example, I am now getting my phlebotomies for $75. When I had insurance, the insurance company was paying the hospital between $375 and $400. Lab tests I can purchase directly for less than half what the insurance company would pay.
So my question is, if I can save so much money paying out of pocket, where the hell is all the rest of the money going that the insurance companies are paying out? We are being bamboozled folks.
Think about this one; when my wife was battling leukemia, she needed a bone marrow transplant. She was in quarantine for one month after the transplant. Total cost; a little over $500,000. That is over $16,000 per day. I know that certain medical procedures are expensive, and that staying in the hospital is not cheap, but $16,000 per day? Where is all of this money going?
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It's sad that Republicans have spread so many rumors about these other countries and how terrible their systems are....little do they know, they are only passing along the insurance companies lies.
It's a damn shame our health care system is so filled will $300,000,000 million dollar salaries and shuffling of unpurposeful paperwork and spending a years time rejecting your claim....
Us Americans, deserve better.
It's not fair to even have to pay for healthcare. It's necessary for humans to survive. Why should we have to pay to survive?
IS ANYONE demanding something impossible like this, other than you?
Odd---I dont see a demand there.
ooops! you're right!
I'm listening to a podcast of this show on global health care. Its very interesting.
T.R. Reid: Looking Overseas For 'Healing Of America' : NPR
He notes that America is the only country in the world that allows for-profit insurance on basic services.
Why do we have to have for-profit insurance here? There are credit unions and mutual life and home insurance in America. He notes that the insurers in places like Germany and France and tremendously more efficient than in America. He also stated that insurance companies sell non-profit health insurance alongside for-profit car insurance, life insurance, home insurance, etc. It is used as a marketing tool to sell other products.
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