Healthcare. . GETTING SICK SUCKS an AMERICA) it' ll on October MI of this year I woke up with on excruciating pain in my lower abdomen. Turns out it was appendi Healthcare GETTING SICK SUCKS an AMERICA) it' ll on October MI of this year I woke up with excruciating pain in my lower abdomen Turns out it was appendi
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it' ll on October MI of this year I woke up with on
excruciating pain in my lower abdomen. Turns out
it was appendicitis. So after about a M! hour stay in
the hospital I was free to go. This was the bill
I received eariler this month.
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> hey anon, wanna give your opinion?
User avatar #1 - johrai
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You can thank a large part of that to the hospital's insurances. If a doctor makes the slightest error and even hurts a patient, the cost of his mistake is so monumental that hospitals themselves have their own insurance to cover them. Add to that legal and administrative fees, dealing with healing people is a risky venture.

A single lawsuit for malpractice, even if it's an honest mistake and a doctor hurts someone, can shut down a hospital.

The US Legal system is as much as fault here as hospitals are. I'm not condoning it, it's a pretty sad state of affairs, but it's a problem of our own devising. Like that damn woman that spilled McDonalds coffee in her lap like a twat, then sued AND ******* WON a huge settlement against the establishment.

Makes me sick.
User avatar #3 to #1 - pebar
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She had 3rd degree burns all over her legs that required skin graphs. It looked like someone took a flamethrower to her vagina. The medical bills cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and the suit was only to cover the bills, nothing more. The court ordered McDonalds to pay more as a punishment because they constantly kept their water near boiling.

I can understand tort reform for medicine but not for any other industry.
#4 to #1 - anon id: f370100a
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tort reform has been passed in multiple states and medical costs have barely gone down
just saying
User avatar #15 to #1 - TwelveCharlie
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(01/06/2014) [-]
Don't forget the fact that the hospital has to recoup the costs of people who have no insurance and don't pay.
User avatar #2 to #1 - runescapewasgood
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But that still doesn't account for the following costs:
Room and Board (1 night) - $4,800
Recovery Room (2 hours) - $7,501

Is there something about these things that I'm missing? I would've expected those to be the cheapest of the costs...
User avatar #8 to #2 - Faz
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Hospitals in the US grossly overcharge for treatment and all thats included because the insurance companies have to pay them, a 1 day treatment for appendicitis would not even cost them close to $10,000 but because they can decide what prices to charge its always ridiculously high. Also they account for that fact that people may not pay so they make sure the money from the insurance company more than pays for the cost of the whole procedure.
User avatar #10 to #8 - runescapewasgood
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So, what you're saying is, people pay more for their insurance because:
1. Hospitals grossly overcharge because "insurance is covering it"
2. Other people don't have insurance.
3. They can.

User avatar #11 to #10 - Faz
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Basically yes.
User avatar #9 - FligFlag
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This is on the front page right now...
User avatar #5 - voltkills
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thats insane man, what the hell, when you consider that here in the UK, the NHS would do it for free, i dont understand how a hospital can charge $55k for it.
#6 to #5 - anon id: f370100a
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User avatar #7 to #6 - voltkills
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oh right yea, theres taxes, but, its like £2k a year in taxes (really roughly) for the NHS, considering in a year they would do multiple things for a person if it was needed, i think this is working a lot better then paying $11k and insurance costs.
#13 to #5 - NereidALbel
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90% of those costs are medical malpractice insurance. Considering "pain and suffering" damages are uncapped, every little thing that goes wrong results in a multi-million dollar lawsuit.
#14 - oprahnoodlemantra
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I'm from Sacramento as well. Neat hospital bill. Got charged only half that for ER services that only required an IV for 4 hours, but still, gotta love medical treatment.
User avatar #12 - thelizardlord
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1. Go on frontpage
2. Pixk post you like
3. Uploadon your account.
4. ????
5. Profit