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Old February 26th, 2013, 06:47 PM   #1
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And This Boys And Girls Is Why We Have Obamacare

Every time a nurse drew blood, a “ROUTINE VENIPUNCTURE” charge of $36.00 appeared, accompanied by charges of $23 to $78 for each of a dozen or more lab analyses performed on the blood sample. In all, the charges for blood and other lab tests done on Recchi amounted to more than $15,000. Had Recchi been old enough for Medicare, MD Anderson would have been paid a few hundred dollars for all those tests. By law, Medicare’s payments approximate a hospital’s cost of providing a service, including overhead, equipment and salaries.

On the second page of the bill, the markups got bolder. Recchi was charged $13,702 for “1 RITUXIMAB INJ 660 MG.” That’s an injection of 660 mg of a cancer wonder drug called Rituxan. The average price paid by all hospitals for this dose is about $4,000, but MD Anderson probably gets a volume discount that would make its cost $3,000 to $3,500. That means the nonprofit cancer center’s paid-in-advance markup on Recchi’s lifesaving shot would be about 400%.



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Old February 26th, 2013, 06:59 PM   #2
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Every time a nurse drew blood, a “ROUTINE VENIPUNCTURE” charge of $36.00 appeared, accompanied by charges of $23 to $78 for each of a dozen or more lab analyses performed on the blood sample. In all, the charges for blood and other lab tests done on Recchi amounted to more than $15,000. Had Recchi been old enough for Medicare, MD Anderson would have been paid a few hundred dollars for all those tests. By law, Medicare’s payments approximate a hospital’s cost of providing a service, including overhead, equipment and salaries.

On the second page of the bill, the markups got bolder. Recchi was charged $13,702 for “1 RITUXIMAB INJ 660 MG.” That’s an injection of 660 mg of a cancer wonder drug called Rituxan. The average price paid by all hospitals for this dose is about $4,000, but MD Anderson probably gets a volume discount that would make its cost $3,000 to $3,500. That means the nonprofit cancer center’s paid-in-advance markup on Recchi’s lifesaving shot would be about 400%.



Read more: Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us | TIME.com
hey get your facts straight.. A VEINIPUNCTURE CHAGE CAN ONLY BE CHARGED 1 TIME A DAY.. IT IS ADDED AUTOMATICALLY WITH EACH DRAW.. BUT THE CHARGE IS ONLY SUBMITTED TO INSURANCE 1 TIME/24 HOUR...

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE EDUCATE YOURSELF..
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Old February 27th, 2013, 12:30 AM   #3
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What are the real reasons hospitals generally markup procedures 400%?

Is it sheer greed? Is it they enjoy gouging patients for life-saving procedures? No.

For your answers, you have to look into the twisted maze we call health care. Should you care to look, (few will take the time to do so) you would find a handful of components that drive this twisted system. Government regulations are the primary driving factor. You have to go back to the 1950’s to understand it well, but just talk to a hospital doctor or administrator some time and you’ll find your answers.

Under the umbrella of government regulations, you’ll find a whole host of other driving factors. Lack of competition (free market), emergency room services to the poor and uninsured, alienating patients from the process, and an ever increasing need for administrative staff. This is old territory. We went through this all a few years back during the healthcare “debate”.

Some debate. Democrats locked themselves behind closed doors and conjured up a wish list of pie in the sky goodies they’d like to see. Then they emerged from their hideout with a half baked bill complete with hundreds of fill in the blank passages that stated, “as determined by the Secretary”. And here we are, two years later, still waiting for the Secretary to fill in the blanks.

Anyone care to still defend ObamaCare? Go ahead, take your best shot. I’m loaded for bear.
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the govt has spent years and years screwing with our healthcare. and we still get the old BS line the problem with healthcare is free enterprise.
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