The big Bamboozle, Health Care in the U.S.

I’ve note previously the complexity of health care choices facing the consumer and why “free choice” in health care is a flawed notion.

Today’s Washington Post points out another dimension of the health care problem.

Facility Fees

  • “Called “provider-based billing,” it allows hospitals that own physician practices and outpatient clinics that meet certain federal requirements to bill separately for the facility as well as for physician services.”
  • “Unlike other add-ons that have aroused public ire — baggage charges on airlines, surcharges for concert tickets or resort fees tacked on by hotels — outpatient facility fees, which range from about $25 to hundreds of dollars per visit, may involve a service that is a matter of life and death, such as chemotherapy.” Medicynical note: Much of health care falls under the ‘life and death” rubric and is not discretionary and not amenable to normal consumer “choice” options.”
  • These fees are considerable, as noted in the article they range from $10 to $171. More than the charge for some doctor visits
  • Insurers doing what they do best are no longer covering this fee, passing on the charge.

Our non-system of care is carefully designed not to improve the health and well-being but rather to assure the profits of insurers, providers and suppliers. We need to reform this.

One response to “The big Bamboozle, Health Care in the U.S.

  1. Pingback: Hospital Based Infusion Treatment versus Office Based — Or how the “free market” manipulates our health care non-system to increase their profit | Medicynic

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