I guess that depends on whether your goal is a profitable business or a healthy population.
It's the American citizen in fact that insults themselves. They allow big pharma to lobby the corrupt politicians.I have seen it both public and private hospitals. Canada mandates that no prescription drug in Canada can cost less than the worldwide average price for that drug. Seems fair to me. It is insulting that US drug manufacturers sell prescription drugs in foreign countries cheaper than here.
They allow big pharma to lobby the corrupt politicians.
I just checked the cost of a prescription I need and the pills in the USA are over five hundred dollars each in US but over the border they are two dollars to three dollars a piece.Oh hell, hospitals are even worse. So, you get in a bed, the first thing the damn nurse does is go over your meds. If you are staying overnight and on Medicare, then Medicare Part A pays for those prescriptions, and by law, BY FUCKING LAW, they can't negotiate a lower price. And the hospital doesn't give two shits if you brought your meds with you. They bill you for every single pill you are suppose to take, rather they dispense it or not. And holy hell, the blood pressure meds I was bitching about, seven dollars a month, the hospital probably bills Medicare twenty freakin bucks a day, making that 1000% markup at CVS look like a damn bargain.
And I understand the tax writeoff for inflated charges that are not paid. But the reality is, even if they collect only half the amount they bill from the uninsured, they are coming out ahead. I mean it is a fawking racket. The damn Mafia wished they had it this good.
That isn't actually lucky as the cost bite us all in the long term. I had two options for a procedure needed and one of those required a hospital stay and surgery and the other no open surgery but in and out the same day. Big difference in cost on a three day hospital stay vs in and out with a more up to date procedure but we have a three hour drive vs a one hour one. I do not have to pay the bill directly but know long term yes it will cost us thus chose the more affordable option.The entire American healthcare system is broken. The point is profits, not care provided.
A good friend of mine had his shoulder replaced. Orthopedic surgery, not open heart multiple organ transplants. One outpatient surgery and 4 weeks of physical therapy.
Luckily his medicare and his Part B covered all but $94. But the two bills he has received so far totalled almost $250,000.
BTW, our tax dollars are paying that quarter of a million for one patient for one procedure.
Well, you all refuse government health care and let big med run wild because you hate socialism. Suffer it.I just checked the cost of a prescription I need and the pills in the USA are over five hundred dollars each in US but over the border they are two dollars to three dollars a piece.