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  •  That's part of the problem. (13+ / 0-)

    Probably only one of a hundred different things that are parts of the problem.

    The pricing of medical services is by roulette, there's just no discernible rhyme or reason behind it.

    If you go to the pharmacy and hand them a prescription it's $100.  If you tell them some magic combination of words and numbers, it's suddenly $35.  A different combination of words and numbers and they'll charge you $65.

    Does that make sense at all?  And if you don't happen to know the magic combination of words, letters, and numbers that gets you the cheaper price, you pay the $100, whether you can afford it or not, and no one there is going to tell you that you COULD have gotten the medication for $35, if only you had said:

    Member ID
    GRX0422996
    RxGroup
    GRX33
    RxBin
    011867
    RxPCN
    HT

    Seriously, if you just say those words and numbers and letters to them, suddenly instead of $100 it's $25.

    WHY???

    Because.  Just because.

    And that's just with pharmacies and prescriptions.  The rest of the system is easily as inscrutable.

    "It puts the lotion on its skin, or it gets the GOP again." - The Democratic Party (quip courtesy of Nada Lemming and lotlizard)

    by Rick Aucoin on Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 10:33:19 PM PDT

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