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  •  The doctor lost me at.... (6+ / 0-)

    $1,600 for a total hip replacement?  Seriously?  

    Then why do they cost $50,000?  Someone's making money.  A lot of it.  

    Let's also be clear (to the uninformed Americans):  Republicans hate Medicare/Medicaid.  Always have.  Slashed funding whenever possible.  If you don't have access to a Medicare doctor, blame the Republicans.  

    I see that Dr. Ackerman had no alternatives for the millions of Americans who are uninsured, under-insured and do not have access to his $1,600 bargain surgery.  


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      shpilk, sherlyle, Egalitare

      My husband and I lived in inadequate/no insurance hell until he was eligible for Medicare in 2005.  Thank God.  For the first time in our married life, if he needed to see a doctor, he could afford to see a doctor.  If he needed surgery, he got surgery.  If he needed tests, he got tests; if he needed physical therapy for his knees, he got physical therapy.  We paid the reasonable co-pays, he gets a good deal of relief from prescription drug costs.  The peace of mind alone, just knowing if he needs care he has it, has helped his blood pressure (which is normal now.  At 69 years old).  

      Dr. Ackerman would prefer that my husband and millions others stay in perpetual fear and ill health.  He would take his chip on his shoulder and "retire early" while I struggle to find the money to pay for my asthma medication.  

      Remind me never to go to Dr. Ackerman.  

    •  Check out India. (0+ / 0-)

      Yeah, I'm planning for when I'm utterly decrepit.

      Angry White Males + Personality Disorder delusionals + sane Pro-Lifers =EQ= The GOPer Base

      by vets74 on Thu Aug 20, 2009 at 06:09:14 AM PDT

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    •  My dad had a hip replacement (0+ / 0-)

      a couple of years ago- not sure what it cost, but it was well over $30,000 by the time he got done with the hospital stay (three days), the meds, the ambulance ride, etc.
      That doesn't include the 2 months he spent in rehab relearning how to walk (he's half paralyzed from a stroke).
      If that doctor is only making $1600 per replacement, he should be swimming in patients (I would guess that's pure profit, he probably figured in the hospital cost, labor of nurses and surgical staff, etc).

      Save the Earth! It's the only one that has chocolate.

      by skohayes on Thu Aug 20, 2009 at 06:45:57 AM PDT

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