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  •  To say "obscene" is even euphemistic (0+ / 0-)

    A year ago I had a kidney cyst. It was removed at the cost of $64000. Though insurance paid about $24K (because of the negotiated rates they have with providers).
    But $64K was the bill.....meaning if I didn't have insurance, that's what I would have been billed...
    In my world that's bankruptcy looming right there...
    ..what really baffles me is that is same procedure can be done most other places around the world for less than 5K...
    I know we are high income nation, but the cost of health is out of control.
    -I have a friend from South Africa...he needed a back operation. Didn't have insurance. Went back to SA got procedure done for $1650.
    -George Washington hospital had asked for $26K if he was paying private...

    "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." Sinclair Lewis, 1935 --Talk of foresight--

    by tuma on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 12:31:20 PM PDT

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