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Date: 02/05/14 01:24 PM

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    SweepOfDeath Male 18-29
    938 posts
    February 5, 2014 at 1:25 pm
    Link: Did You Know? - I am in the wrong business.
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    ForSquirel Male 30-39
    2188 posts
    February 5, 2014 at 1:55 pm
    $1? it`s a little bit more than that. closer to $2.

    You should see what they charge for aspirin and OR room rental
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    emmettyville Female 40-49
    4348 posts
    February 5, 2014 at 2:12 pm
    why they do that???
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    maddux32 Male 30-39
    926 posts
    February 5, 2014 at 2:14 pm
    I guess you`re welcome to get it from the manufacturer, set up the IV yourself, with all of your sterile equipment and hope for the best.
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    AvatarJohn Male 30-39
    1059 posts
    February 5, 2014 at 2:19 pm
    Thanks, Ted Kennedy and the HMO act of 1973!
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    danari Male 30-39
    142 posts
    February 5, 2014 at 2:28 pm
    You`re not paying for the Ringer bag. You`re paying for someone to infuse it and monitor you.
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    747Pilot Male 18-29
    1455 posts
    February 5, 2014 at 2:34 pm
    emmetty: they do that because they are greedy, and the people there, while they like to claim they are brave and free, are sadly, cowardly and slaved to the whims of the greedy. No doubt a lot of them would like to change this, but the love for money is deeply rooted, and the nation is now spoiled.

    It`s really a shame.
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    beternal Male 18-29
    2589 posts
    February 5, 2014 at 2:57 pm
    @danari - so 30 seconds of insertion and checking on someone occasionally is worth $600?

    If that was the ONLY thing they were being given over that time period I might agree but there are additional bed prices, doctors, nurses, food...

    Like an ambulance ride is over $1000 - even if you`re 5 minutes away!

    You`re telling me an ambulance person is worth $480,000 a day?
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
    6230 posts
    February 5, 2014 at 4:51 pm
    One of the main reasons for these outrageous markups is that Adam Smith`s "magic hand" of the free market doesn`t function in a hospital room. No one about to get an IV infusion is going to raise his paw and say, "Hold on there. Let me do some comparison shopping first."

    And that is why most other developed nations have either supplemented or replaced healthcare-for-profit with another system.
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    lauriloo Female 40-49
    1803 posts
    February 5, 2014 at 6:14 pm
    "You`re paying for someone to infuse it and monitor you."

    Isn`t that in the cost of the room?
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    Draculya Male 40-49
    14652 posts
    February 5, 2014 at 7:01 pm
    In Hong Kong it`s free, or rather included in the $12 charge per visit, plus $6 per additional day`s stay for hospital visits.

    Think we have lousy hospitals? I`d take my survival chances in a HK hospital over any in the US or Europe
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    ForSquirel Male 30-39
    2188 posts
    February 5, 2014 at 8:33 pm
    @beternal - base ALS is usually 2-300$ the extra is the mileage they`re allowed to charge. and just some FYI`s. the meds on the ambulance cost $$$.

    EZ IO a bone, that`s almost 160$. Start the IV, if you need narcs or god forbid cardiac meds.. adenocard runs over 100$ a dose, and on an ambulance you could get up to 3. it` adds up quick
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    kree_ Male 30-39
    1062 posts
    February 5, 2014 at 10:14 pm
    >room rental

    It is absurd. You could stay at a 5 star hotel for less than a shared room in a hospital.
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    kree_ Male 30-39
    1062 posts
    February 5, 2014 at 10:24 pm
    Funny story. I don`t like to be a bother to people. Especially when I am sick. I was in the hospital once for pneumonia and every half hour or so a staff person would come around and ask if they could get me something to drink. Due to my ornery personality I politely thanked them and told them i was fine, even though I felt like I was dying of thirst. Finally a doctor comes in and tells me they would need to put me on an IV because I was severely dehydrated and not taking any liquids.

    Moral of the story, if they are going to charge you 500 dollars a night, let the staff wait on you hand and foot. I told the doctor in no uncertain terms that if he needed me to drink some water he should have had someone show up with a cup and told me to drink. but allowing the candy strippers to get a pitcher would have avoided the situation.
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    Wendypants Female 30-39
    2420 posts
    February 6, 2014 at 7:59 am
    I thought everyone knew sh*t like this about American hospitals already; they`re just money grubbing institutions that don`t really care about their patients health ... unless they`re rich. Okay, maybe that`s taking it a bit too far, but it sure seems like it sometimes.
    But it seems to happen everywhere to some degree, hell I remember years ago there was a fuss about a Canadian government agency that was doing stupid sh*t like paying 250$ for a hammer.

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