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  •  In the current system (3+ / 0-)
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    nicolemm, barbwires, Pris from LA

    costs are completely opaque. Walk into an ER and ask for a pricelist. Ever had a nurse say, "I'm about to give you this shot of morphine, and you will be billed $74.32 for it, is that OK?" The fact is that with the variety of insurance possibilities, the nurse doesn't even know what it will cost you or cost your insurance company.

    The emphasis on money as the only factor in health care usage is also misplaced. If your local hospital advertised free hip replacements, today only, do you think anyone who didn't need one would show up? Surgeries and medications can have significant non-financial consequences in pain, suffering, and disability.

    The reality is that patients, and for that matter, doctors, don't have enough information on costs OR outcomes to be able to make ideal choices.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Sun May 04, 2008 at 08:17:31 AM PDT

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