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View Diary: I feel sorry for health insurance companies. Yes, I said that. Why? This Time report must be read. (228 comments)

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  •  if you want it done right? do it yourself. (2+ / 0-)
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    I soon found that they have good reason to hope that outsiders pay no attention to the chargemaster or the process that produces it. For there seems to be no process, no rationale, behind the core document that is the basis for hundreds of billions of dollars in health care bills.
    Large enterprises often have byzantine processs for change that do not obviously empower employees.  It's not at all clear that individual employees have or know they have a voice in setting those prices.

    Every publicly traded company is a takeover target.  HCA, one of the largest healthcare operators in America, has a 15.7B market cap.  For half that, you could buy the company out and change the rules.  A campaign which is roughly 10x as hard as electing a skinny black guy with a funny name to the presidency.

    Publish the list.  If you're making money at your published prices, anyone getting a worse deal will come to you and you will still make a profit.  If you're losing money at your prices, you should stop lying about how much things cost.

    "everybody chasing a deal" has obviously distorted the market, and a dose of straight up truth would be a good thing.

    -7.75 -4.67

    "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

    There are no Christians in foxholes.

    by Odysseus on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 11:30:04 AM PST

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