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Submitted by: SweepOfDeath 3 years ago in

I am in the wrong business.
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Female 2,415
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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Male 1,154
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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Male 1,154
@forsquirel
>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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Male 2,390
@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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Male 14,835
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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Female 1,803
"You`re paying for someone to infuse it and monitor you."

Isn`t that in the cost of the room?
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Male 6,227
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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Male 2,586
@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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Male 1,454
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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Male 145
You`re not paying for the Ringer bag. You`re paying for someone to infuse it and monitor you.
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Male 1,059
Thanks, Ted Kennedy and the HMO act of 1973!
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Male 926
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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Female 4,359
why they do that???
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Male 2,390
$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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Male 938
Link: Did You Know? [Pic] [Rate Link] - I am in the wrong business.
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