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The real problem with medicine in America

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by JuneyBooney, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. JuneyBooney

    JuneyBooney

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    I am sure you guys remember the horsepital visit for me a few weeks ago just to remove a contact les stuck in my eye. Well, guess what they charged.....600.00 to just remove a contact lens. That is as bad as sewing up a wound etc. No wonder our country is broke. :wow:
     
  2. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    Only the tip of the iceberg.

    First, any idea what it costs to staff a hospital?

    Second, any idea how many state insured folk get billed full freight?

    Third, any idea how many insured peeps get billed full freight?

    If Uncle was required to pay real cost for Medicaid patients, there would be a total rationing of care supplied by the state ASAP. You are paying more than your fair share.
     

  3. mikeflys1

    mikeflys1 Pastafarian

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    How in the world did you get a contact stuck? :dunno:
     
  4. Rabbi

    Rabbi The Bombdiggity Lifetime Member

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    How much should it cost? Give us an actual number.
     
  5. ysr_racer

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    How is it you're an expert in everything?
     
  6. Slug71

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    Yup!
    Medical expenses in this country is a F'n joke.

    Then you see many hospitals bill insurance companies for things they didnt use or multitudes of something they did use.

    And once again, absolutely nothing gets done about it. Health care and insurance could be much less than what it is. Maybe then people could actually afford their medical bills and pay it.

    I wish all these damn prescription drug tv commercials would get banned too.
     
  7. Slug71

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    No reason it should be more than $150
     
  8. podwich

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    Doctor's office, urgent care, or emergency department?
     
  9. certifiedfunds

    certifiedfunds Tewwowist

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    Interesting. Based on what?
     
  10. Atlas

    Atlas transmogrifier

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    On what is that figure based?
    Are you a medical professional?
    Hospital administrator?
     
  11. certifiedfunds

    certifiedfunds Tewwowist

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    Only way to effectively reduce medical costs in this country would be to eliminate medicare
     
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  12. AA#5

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    Pure greed at its best. I'd say you got away cheap. Sewing up a wound would probably be billed under "Surgical Procedure," more like $6,000.00. When you expressed shock, did they say.....let me guess....."Well, what did you want us to do....leave it there?"

    As an LEO told me yesterday: "In this economy, all forms of theft are only going to get worse."
     
  13. Rabbi

    Rabbi The Bombdiggity Lifetime Member

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    Based on what? How do you arrive at that number?
     
  14. AA#5

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    "I wish all these damn prescription drug tv commercials would get banned too."

    No way!! Ya have any idea what drug companies pay for those ads?

    Besides, how else can they get patients to help their doctors push drugs??
     
  15. DIXIE DUCK

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    So what is your suggested solution? Perhaps private competition with the licensed industry? Would you have preferred to have an unlicensed individual attempt the same work for $150? Just curious!
     
  16. wrx04

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    It depends on what the problem actually was, because I think there was a bigger issue than a "stuck" CL.

    If it was only a contact lens that he couldnt remove himself, then $600 is ridiculous. However, he should not have went to the ER for that either. A private practice would remove a lens for <$100 easy.....but again, i think this was more complicated than the OP thinks.
     
  17. Slug71

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    I made it up. Just like they probably did that bill.

    Why should it be any more?

    Back in 2009 my ex-wife had to have a procedure done and got put under. You know what they charged for about 80-100ml of anesthesia? $700!! S... more expensive than friggin gold!
    Sorry but that is ridiculous!
     
  18. certifiedfunds

    certifiedfunds Tewwowist

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    I'm unlicensed and am officially extending an open offer to rip a contact lense from your cornea for $25.
     
  19. certifiedfunds

    certifiedfunds Tewwowist

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    Sounds like a bargain! Woulda sucked without it, no?
     
  20. Slug71

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    Probably and this ;