Thursday, February 28, 2013

Stephen Brill & Time Expose the Corrupt Cost of Health Care

The real health care questions are or should be: 

Why are the bills so high? What are the reasons, good or bad, that cancer means a half-million or million dollar tab? Why does a trip to the emergency room for chest pains that are only indigestion end up costing as much as a semester of college? What makes a single dose of even the most wonderful wonder drug cost thousands of dollars? Why does routine lab work done at a hospital by a salaried employee cost more than a car? Why do hospitals charge $70 for a box of gauze pads when they’re on Amazon for a couple bucks? And, what is so different about medical systems that cause advances in technology to drive bills up instead of down?

In the longest investigative report Time Magazine has ever published, writer Stephen Brill has exposed the dark side of medical billing and asked the most important question - why are the bills so high?  You won't like the answer, though unless you've navigated the health care and insurance world outside of the protection of group coverage, you likely have no idea what the "costs" of health care are.

1 comment:

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