Pay $43,000 for an Appendectomy? Or less than $3,000?

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    So you didn't answer the question.

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    I had a medical condition that was caused by a surgeon’s mistake. That mistake caused me to have permanent nerve damage which I have suffered for the last 10 years. The doctor who did this damage lied to me . It took another three years of going from one doctor to another , all of these fine doctors were looking in the wrong place as to what was causing all this horrible pain . I had been told by the doctor who did the surgery , which was to repair a rectal tear, that the pain was from my hemorrhoids. Doctors are so stupid and just like to follow along with one another. Once in a while you find one who thinks outside the box . I went to see a neurologist and he told me that the doctor had sliced the nerves in that area. To late to sue to much time had past. The next thing was to find a doctor to help me deal with the pain. Another scam. Pain Specialist is what title they give themselves. They charge lots of money to put you thru hell with pain procedures. When that didn’t work I am given the wonder drug of that time Fentanyl patch. I was on that crap for 10 yrs. The doctor didn’t bother to tell me all the wonderful things that was going to do for me. Addiction, and a permanently damaged pancreas was my gift. When I went to see the pharmacist who happily filed my prescriptions all those years and brought this subject up she told me the doctor should have advised you about the dangers of using it. I asked what was your role in dishing out this crap she told me “ I can read you the side effects if you like”. I felt like I just got pissed on . All these people of medical science just got a free pass as there is no recourse in this country that holds them accountable for their actions.


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    At some point, paying people more money yields diminishing returns in terms of quality of work. Pay them even more, and you actually get a worse result.
     
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    Does it change the fact that there is a 13x price difference ?
     
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    Belgium is no third world country
    In Need of a New Hip, but Priced Out of the U.S.
    65,000 for hip replacement versus 13,000
    Desperate to find an affordable solution, he reached out to a sailing buddy with friends at a medical device manufacturer, which arranged to provide his local hospital with an implant at what was described as the “list price” of $13,000, with no markup. But when the hospital’s finance office estimated that the hospital charges would run another $65,000, not including the surgeon’s fee, he knew he had to think outside the box, and outside the country.

    “That was a third of my savings at the time,” Mr. Shopenn said recently from the living room of his condo in Boulder, Colo. “It wasn’t happening.”

    “Very leery” of going to a developing country like India or Thailand, which both draw so-called medical tourists, he ultimately chose to have his hip replaced in 2007 at a private hospital outside Brussels for $13,660. That price included not only a hip joint, made by Warsaw-based Zimmer Holdings, but also all doctors’ fees, operating room charges, crutches, medicine, a hospital room for five days, a week in rehab and a round-trip ticket from America.

    “We have the most expensive health care in the world, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best,” Mr. Shopenn said. “I’m kind of the poster child for that.”
     
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    You have to ask yourself....

    How does someone continue to sell something for 13,000 when you can one cheaper.

    Now, the Zimmer Holdings thing may be a POS, but it still has to be asked.

    How does anyone supply (and how do people buy) something like this at such an inflated price ?
     
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    Pretty much our broken insurance system.
     
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    So do most civilized countries.
     
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    I’m having an upper endoscopy today.

    $12,500
     

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