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Local Health Costs Vary

Hospitals react to national release of differences in price

May 10, 2013

WHEELING — Local residents treated for chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder with major complications/comorbidity at East Ohio Regional Hospital can expect to be billed $17,899, while those who see......

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Ragnar

May-10-13 7:21 PM

Every hospital has a "chargemaster", which is a master list of all services provided by the hospital and the charge for each item.

They most likely will never let YOU see it, though.

Medicare's negotiated prices are based on exhaustive studies of the actual cost of care, including profit, new technologies, overhead, salaries, etc.

When Medicare pays $500 for a test that costs you $4,000, guess which charge is closer to the real cost?

Non-profit hospitals should do away with charity care and care for illegals and be required to charge the Medicare price to cash patients. This would reduce the cost of care and STILL provide the hospital with all cost coverage plus a profit.

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richardwhee

May-10-13 1:43 PM

There should be more & more articles like this. The MEDICAL MAFIA has been preying on the ill far too long. Most do a very good job, but when money is involved- look out. I guess that someone has to pay for the freeloaders and dopies.

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Thebudman

May-10-13 9:33 AM

So, look forward to paying out of pocket even more or do without treatment. "Take a pill"

Obama: “Maybe you’re better off to tell your mother to take a pill, take a painkiller.”

Part of conversation between obama and Jane Sturm, June 2009

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Thebudman

May-10-13 9:23 AM

The rest:

Here's the relevant part of their letter explaining why they aren't offering any recommendations:

"In order to allow supporters to claim that the law’s Medicare cuts would be realized in the future, it tasked IPAB with reducing payments to providers or eliminating payments for certain treatments and procedures altogether. These reduced payments will force providers to stop seeing Medicare patients, the same way an increased number of doctors have stopped taking Medicaid patients. This will lead to access problems, waiting lists and denied care for seniors.

The unfortunate result is that decisions which impact America’s seniors will be made in the absence of the democratic process, without the system of checks and balances that would normally apply to important matters of public policy. Yet your recent budget called for expanding IPAB by tasking it with making even larger cuts to Medicare than those called for in the health law, even though the trustees of the Me

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Thebudman

May-10-13 9:19 AM

Death Panels exist:

"One of the most politically intense fights over the Affordable Care Act was over the creation of the Independent Payment Advisory Board, infamously dubbed a "death panel" by Republicans during the 2010 elections.

On Thursday, Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell signaled that they would keep working to keep opposition alive by doing everything they can to impede the board's implementation.

The two leaders wrote a letter to President Barack Obama, notifying him that they would not be submitting any recommendations to the panel because of their opposition to it and to the law in general.

Read more: ***********businessinsider****/obamacare-ipab-boehner-mcconnell-death-panels-2013-5#ixzz2StZvetbX

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readerx

May-10-13 7:57 AM

Trinity charges the people with insurance the difference between what is paid by benefits and the inflated claimed costs. I am seriously considering a change in systems. Not that anyone at that system cares, they will simply get the money from someone else.

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thetruthforonce

May-10-13 6:44 AM

This article demonstrates the reason we need to go to a single payer system that negotiates prices in the system for all of us. Until we are all cared for on a level playing field, the totally dysfunctional health care delivery system will remain hopelessly broken.

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Melvin

May-10-13 6:25 AM

Getting health care costs for the consumer is a great step forward.

There are other factors to consider like board-certified doctors, but not getting the cost estimate up front is like driving the car off the lot and then getting an invoice in the mail later for the cost.

Data are available on all these costs and the hospitals should proactively publish all this information for the consumer, along with doctor credentials.

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