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  •  Negotiating cut rates with insurance companies (6+ / 0-)

    is price fixing and it's anti-competitive.

    It ought to be completely illegal to charge people different rates based on whether or not they've got insurance, or who they're insured by.

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    by JesseCW on Sat May 11, 2013 at 06:04:50 PM PDT

    •  Agree. I have been blessed to have good (2+ / 0-)
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      JesseCW, eps62

      health insurance through my employer, but I never thought it was fair that I got a "discount" because my employer was big enough to strong arm providers into accepting a lower price.

      I can't walk into a department store and get 70% off any item because I work for Company X.  Why should I get special prices for medical services based on my employer's clout?

      Extreme, but true example.  At a recent office visit, I was given a shot.  The provider billed my insurance $12.00.  The insurer "allowed" $0.52 (yes, 52 cents) and paid $0.46.  I owe $0.06.  What king of a racket is that?

      “The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day.” Gloria Steinem

      by ahumbleopinion on Sat May 11, 2013 at 08:52:28 PM PDT

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