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OUTRAGEOUS! New Data Show How Hospitals Rip You Off


Health & Wellness  (tags: healthcare costs, rip-off, rip-offwarning, safety, protection, healthcare, health, humans, diet, exercise )

Cal
- 198 days ago - motherjones.com
The United States has long been known to have one of the most expensive hospital systems in the world, and now a new study indicates that hospitals are overcharging patients for medical services.



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NoMailPlease M. (446)
Friday January 10, 2014, 3:52 am
Oh Joy We Payout of the wallet...then pay with what is left of our body! I feel like saying Moo then hit me in the head with the hammer....Oops,politicians get the ride for FREE!!!WT????????? TU CAL....Morning,or,goodnight~xx
 

Alexandra Rodda (176)
Friday January 10, 2014, 4:03 am
It is well known that America has a rip off system that does not really deliver good healthcare and costs the earth!
Unfortunately we now have voted in the Coalition Government which follows the prescribed moves of the American Tea Party. It may soon be that we shall not be able to afford treatment here too.
 

Christeen Anderson (479)
Friday January 10, 2014, 4:23 am
They are not here to help you. They are for profit.
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Friday January 10, 2014, 9:44 am
Why do you think Michelle Obama got such a nice raise for cutting out the homeless and turning away EMS services when she was at Chicago University Medical Center. That's another example of hospitals being more concerned about profit than patient care. Yes, in 2005 she did make 316K but that was reduced accordingly as her hours decreased and as Obama began the run for POTUS. It was still a six figure income in 2007. Nice work if you can get it and meanwhile the masses are out in the cold and if they do get hospital time they can be billed exorbitantly. How many bankruptcies occurred since 2005 that were caused by illness and medical/hospital malfeasance ?
 

NicoleAWAY W. (629)
Friday January 10, 2014, 9:51 am
ty Cal
 

Rhonda B. (103)
Friday January 10, 2014, 10:36 am
Thank you Cal!
 

Sheila D. (24)
Friday January 10, 2014, 10:36 am
I've always known that when I go into the hospital my bill doesn't just cover what my expenses are, it covers a percentage of all those who go to the emergency room with no insurance coverage. This is one of the things the ACA is supposed to resolve, though if some of the ACA problems aren't resolved, that may not be the case. Those who keep trying to eliminate the ACA are only hurting the people who already have insurance.
Thanks for the article, Cal.
 

Winn Adams (190)
Friday January 10, 2014, 12:28 pm
Disgusting and despicable
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Friday January 10, 2014, 2:31 pm
Noted w/thanks for this info, Cal.
From article: "Let's be clear: This is price gouging..." 2009 Hospital profits=$34.3 BILLION, 2011 profits=$53 BILLION. This is beyond shameful & despicable.
 

Val M. (75)
Friday January 10, 2014, 3:30 pm
The big CEO's, CFO's, and other executives at hospitals are making millions. This even occurs at so-called
"not-for-profit" hospitals.
 

Kamia T. (66)
Friday January 10, 2014, 4:24 pm
I remember interviewing with a hospital administrator for a position, but turned down the offer after they disclosed that the deliberately were overbilling everyone in order to collect what they thought was "reasonable" when others couldn't pay. That would be like going to Walmart and having the price of apples be based on how much you seemed able to afford. Ridiculous. I've found that anything that insurance covers primarily no longer has cost controls.
 

Sheri Schongold (6)
Friday January 10, 2014, 4:52 pm
How do you think they get enough money to pay the CEOs and all the rest. They sure aren't going to take it out of their own pockets.
 

Freya H. (298)
Friday January 10, 2014, 4:56 pm
Has anybody been keeping up with how privatizing prisons has been a total train wreck?

We need to rebuild our healthcare system from the ground up. I know that is drastic in the extreme, but more and more the evidence indicates that making health care for-profit has been a bad move. Also, we need a system that emphasizes PREVENTION.
 

. (0)
Friday January 10, 2014, 5:04 pm
That's not good. Thanks for sharing, Cal.
 

Ben B. (39)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 1:03 am
A health care system is supposed to support public health, not be a profit-maximising corporation!

I agree with Freya that prevention should be a focus, but health care provision goes way beyond that. Health and, frankly, education are not areas that should be made to submit to the capitalist mantra of profit. There was once a concept of Public Good, which was beyond private wealth.
 

Alfred Donovan (44)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 1:43 am
Whats the betting that even if ACA was abolished that the charges for care would be reduced ? absolutely none in fact I would expect them to rise even further this idea that if you abolish ACA prices would fall is pie in the sky.
 

John S. (297)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 2:46 am
I was surprise at how little the accuracy in France was, but in reality I think it's over and under price as mistakes happen both ways.
 

Marianne R. (100)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 8:08 am
I'm not really surprised at this. Overcharging has been common since I can remember
 

GGmaSheila D. (132)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 10:00 am
Anyone who doesn' believe that costs will skyrocket if the ACA were abolished will learn the hard way when they find themselves in the hospital. It's called sticker shock when you get the bill. The ACA isn't perfct but there has to be a start somewhere reining in the out of control medical costs that are keeping the poor, and even the dwindling middle class, from getting the needed care until they land in the emergency ward.
 

Birgit W. (140)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 2:31 pm
Shameful, but I am not surprised.
 

Gloria H. (88)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 2:47 pm
maybe some folks ought to picket in front of hospitals or set up websites to out the offenders? Warning/caution signs that you are entering a gouging zone.
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 3:38 pm
Hmmmm
 

Nimue P. (226)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 6:32 pm
Now there's a shocker. Not.
 

Mike M. (55)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 10:00 am
But it is the American way!!
 

Dale O. (189)
Monday January 13, 2014, 12:17 am
I am glad that I live in Canada and don't have to endure 'the American Way' pertaining to your health care system. Universal health care is marvellous.

Some Canadian nurses sometimes end up working for American hospitals but find a culture shock when they find patients are billed one dollar just for a normal bandage on the finger and things like that.
 
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