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  •  Rot (14+ / 0-)

    I am in total agreement with your comment "...denial about the rot in our society."   It's hard not know know how the game is rigged against us until it stares us in the face.

    When living in Japan in 1999, I got a serious infection and spent an entire week in the hospital with no insurance.  The whole week no one asked me how I would go about paying for it -- because the total uninsured fee was about $900.  That's right, nine hundo in total for all services rendered.  I signed a few papers, went to the ATM and got the cash, went back and paid.

    Fast forward to Texas in 2014... Just had an MRI that lasted five to ten minutes.  Charges?  $12,500 MSRP.  Prices are not posted and different for everyone.  Totally legal price gouging.  Scandalous.

    •  I spent time in an Israeli ER (7+ / 0-)

      terrified the entire time of the bill to come, though I was insured and there on business. 5 hours later I paid a bill amounting to about $225 and that was after a wide battery of cardiac tests.

      I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. - Susan B. Anthony

      by pajoly on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 06:30:09 PM PST

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    •  The price differentiation (2+ / 0-)
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      snazzzybird, corvo

      is worse than astounding...it is what's to be expected as things have stood.

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      It will never happen for the first time until it does.

      by catilinus on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 09:52:47 PM PST

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    •  My spouse was in a bus rollover in Thailand. (3+ / 0-)
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      Paragryne, corvo, Nisi Prius

      Severe lacerations to an arm and elbow.  She was taken to a hospital immediately, the wounds debrided, sutured, medicated with a follow up the next day.  Total cost $25, which, though, would have been a bit for many of the residents.  However, the professionalism and simple care is more than we can expect nowadays in the USA where primary care groans under the weight of specialists who offer interventive medicine without health.

      Y'know, I guess that the death panel bean counters of the health insurers just do not realize that having a long-standing relationship with one's physician is better for our overall health.  But then, that would mean increasing more primary care physicians through biases against specialty medicine.

      America has become a "can't do" nation where feeling good about "morning in America" takes the place of actually accomplishing anything as a society.  That in itself - the prospects of living in a sharecropper nation - is enough to drive any sane young person to emigrate.

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      corvo, Nisi Prius

      The costs of healthcare in the US that are incurred have no reasonable basis in reality.  I earn what is considered an eviable salary but a dentist spends an hour and half doing work that takes me over 50 hours of hard work to pay for.

      "History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling the money and its issuance." -James Madison

      by FreeTradeIsYourEpitaph on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 09:18:01 AM PST

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