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  •  Payment up front. Why can't they post the price (2+ / 0-)
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    AllisonInSeattle, MuskokaGord

    of basic medical costs up front, so the public can know how much they are going to have to pay?

    I had to go to the doctor recently, and they gave me the total bill when I left, for $62.00, which I paid right then.

    In the next few weeks, I received additional bills in the mail totalling almost $500.00. And I had seen exactly one person who did precisely nothing except look into my throat.

    The medical system in this country is sick. We need single payer for all. Not this greedy for-profit bullcrap, where you die if you're not rich.

    So sorry about your Mom, shiobe.

    "Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope." ~Robert F. Kennedy

    by Agent99 on Tue Feb 07, 2012 at 09:43:57 PM PST

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    •  hidden costs can be damning (4+ / 0-)

      My father ended up with tens of thousands of dollars of debt just for the privilege of watching my mother die in a hospital bed hooked up to painkillers rather than at home, writhing in pain (which she had been doing for a few days). Because she was dying, the hospital was a little more lenient about pay.

      Of course, I got a call from their payment services rep two days after my mother passed, outraged we had checked her out of the hospital without paying some fees and signing a few release papers. He demanded to talk to her. I told him my mother was dead, and there was silence on the other end. He had no idea what to say.

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