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  •  The New York Times has been running (10+ / 0-)

    a series of articles on the high costs of health care.

    Then, too, there was Steven Brill's article in Time magazine on how health care costs are calculated.  

    The system is insane because the market will never be free as the consumer* is without knowledge not only of pricing decisions but the basic medical expertise on which to evaluate their own needs.

    *I hate using that word because the proper word is always "patient".

    "There's something wrong with a system where a handful of people have more than they'd ever need and the mass of the people have less than they always need." -- Rev. Joseph Lowery

    by caul on Sun Sep 01, 2013 at 12:30:21 AM PDT

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    •  We are called patients because (1+ / 0-)
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      our medical system taxes our patience to the nth degree.

      It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

      by War on Error on Sun Sep 01, 2013 at 07:24:26 AM PDT

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    •  I remember hearing recently (2+ / 0-)
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      about some guy who went to Belgium for a hip replacement.  He was told that here in the US the procedure and everything related to it would be about 130,000 dollars.  In Belgium, the whole thing, including the flight, was something like 13,000.

      He asked them to break down the costs for him.  Asked about how much the surgery cost, and I think they said it was like 10,000 or so.  Then he asked how much the operating room cost, and they were baffled.  After all, how can you have a surgery without an operating room?  Why would they charge for that?

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