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  •  one more point about cost uncertainty (1+ / 0-)
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    rudyblues

    It was mentioned above that even if one tried to call around for price quotes for specific procedures, they are hard to get.

    In addition to that. a patient often doesn't know what treatments will be required before going to the doctor, and neither does the doctor/hospital until the patient has been examined, which may require some diagnostic tests. Often, we know we are sick, but we don't know what is wrong, and certainly don't know what might be required for treatment. And no health professional will diagnose over the phone. How does one "shop" for that kind of care?

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    by wasatch on Mon Jul 09, 2012 at 03:15:19 PM PDT

    •  Wasatch, I think we need a stronger word for . . . (1+ / 0-)
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      . . . the uncertainty of medical care. The word needs to convey a little more . . . well, uncertainty! And we could actually be a little more certain if things like Health Maintenance Organizations actually did anything to maintain our health!

      I suppose if we could convince everyone to take a positive role in their health care, you know, exercise, eat right, and quarterly check ups, that sort of thing, that we could do a lot towards actually lowering health costs. But health care has become more of a "fix what's wrong" thing for most of us. I know I'm guilty of it! Perhaps it's because it's so damn expensive!

      Thanks for playing along, I appreciate all comments! "See" ya real soon!

      To these unfortunate citizens aid must be extended by Government--not as a matter of charity but as a matter of social duty. - Franklin D. Roosevelt

      by rudyblues on Mon Jul 09, 2012 at 04:58:37 PM PDT

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