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  •  Sorry To Admit That I Think Your Diary Is Naive. (3+ / 0-)
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    scamperdo, Joe Bob, concernedamerican

    For those of us that have already been through what you have been through already know that the USA healthcare system and health insurance system is insane.

    When I think of the Tea Baggers and the Republicans who worked so hard to stop a single payer system I realized that they, although claiming to be "conservative" and the "everyone has to live within their budget", somehow enjoy watching health insurance companies ripping them off with thought patterns that would seem to deny this supposed "common sense" the Tea baggers and Republicans purport to have.

    You will drive yourself crazy trying to understand if there is any logic to this madness.  The fact is that this is very lucrative for insurance companies and it doesn't have to make any sense.  

    I watch a panelist on CSPAN this morning saying that when her group toured the Canadian Health System she went into a medical facility and there was a book at the reception desk that the receptionist was able to open and say "oh you need this medical procedure, that will be $89.  They actually had a book that lists medical procedures and the price.  What a novel idea.

    "I think that gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman.” - Arnold Schwarzenegger 2003

    by kerplunk on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 08:01:46 AM PDT

    •  I could write a book about Humana's practices (2+ / 0-)
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      sandav, Joe Bob

      and the poor quality of health care in Florida after my father's long illness.

      I'm not as naive as you think.

      I'm sharing this story more as an example of the bureaucracy accepting madness as business as usual.

    •  first-hand experience is different (2+ / 0-)
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      scamperdo, leftywright

      Speaking from my own experience, one can follow health care issues pretty closely via newspapers, magazine articles, reading blogs, etc. but not really get it until you are sitting at the dining room table with your own bill or that of a family member in your hand. The total ridiculousness of it all doesn’t become crystal clear until you have an actual set of numbers in front of you, which you can reconcile with the medical treatments you actually experienced.

      For example, before I had any experience with hospitalization I knew that uninsured patients got charged the highest rates. What I didn’t know is that they were charged at least 70% more, which I was able to discern from my bills by looking at the retail rates versus what the insurer disallowed. And that was just looking at the whole bill in aggregate. There were individual items where the price spread was 300%.

      Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. - Groucho Marx

      by Joe Bob on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 09:13:45 AM PDT

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