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  •  Is this so the hospitals can right off the loss (5+ / 0-)

    and call themselves non-profits?

    Our big health system here does this.  IHC, Utah.  Boy, they dog people to death for payments but are so-called non-profit.

    It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

    by War on Error on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 09:22:05 PM PST

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    •  There is big money to be made in non-profits! (0+ / 0-)

      Basically how it works is that if you go to a hospital and you do not have insurance - they charge you the maximum charge.
      I am over-simplifying this....

      For example:

      1000.00 for a emergency room visit to stitch up a cut.

      If you have insurance - they have negotiated with the hospital - dude - stitching up a cut is worth 400 bucks and that is what we will pay you.

      If that hospital is in-network on your insurance - they pay 400 bucks and you have to pay nothing.

      If that hospital is out of network - they pay 400 and you owe the hospital 600.

      If you have no insurance - you are screwed and get billed 1000.00.

      Then you don't pay the bill because you are too poor to afford insurance anyway. The hospital writes it off and raises the rate to 1200.00 to cover the people who do not pay.

      That is the vicious healthcare spiral.

      if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

      by mrsgoo on Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 07:17:54 PM PST

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