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    Calouste, sharman

    In the last few years, I underwent back surgery for a herniated disc, and my wife went in to break apart a stricture in her esophagus (it was closing up and she vomited every other meal). Both times we went in, we are covered by graduate student insurance at our university, and both times, neither hospital could give us even a ballpark estimate of what our costs might be.

    Our choice was simple; suffer or pay whatever we bill you for.

    Prices for my operation can range from 30k-80k depending on what kind of insurance you have if any at all. My wife's surgery ranges from 5k-20k depending on what kind of insurance you have if any at all. The price point is always in the hospital's advantage, because you may be in excruciating pain (as I was for 9 months of failed physical therapy, hydrocodone, cortical steroid shots before we finally went to the ultimate treatment).

    Healthcare is not like buying a car, at all. You cannot shop around. When you are sick, ill, or injured, you need relief, and it is the system that makes all the calls, and bills you after the treatment.

    Above Grecian mantles were chiseled these words... Know Thyself... Nothing in Excess... the pop philosophy of its day.

    by ravagerofworlds2 on Tue Apr 03, 2012 at 04:26:31 PM PDT

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