This Is The Real Reason Why Hospitals Are So Expensive

Submitted by: Draculya 2 months ago in Funny


American healthcare might not be the best world, but it is the most expensive. Opinions? 
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Male 472
This is mostly true. The game between insurers and hospitals is nasty. A few points though:

1. The doctors are not getting rich for the most part. They are salaried and do not engage in the operational profits.

2. The hospital uses the profit to pay for emergency visits and malpractice insurance. There is a huge malpractice burden on all the facilities (Over 20% of gross revenue in my personal experience). 

3. Prices for many goods and services are set by Medicare. A lot of policies state that the insurance company will pay "120% of Medicare rates."

4. Insurance companies lie... Always ask for and record a reference number from the rep before discussing pricing and care options. Its amazing how the conversation changes.
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Male 339
Government interference and regulations drive costs upward.
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Male 595
johncourage it's all well and good being born stupid, but if you die stupid, that's on you. There's always time to pull your head out of your ass.
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Male 339
thething911 maybe you should take your own advice.
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Male 8,560
The IV bag itself, without contents, cost more than a dollar.

Depending on what is mixed in it, it can be significantly more.
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Male 595
megrendel No. It doesn't. And you're just as fucking stupid as John is. Let people overcharge and, they will overchagrge, that's all that's happening. If you had a fucking clue, you'd be well aware that if you shop around, you can find quality care inside the united states for usually about 1/4 of what it would cost to go to wherever is most local. You don't though. You're unbelievably stupid and unbelievably proud of it. People die ever day because there are millions of ignorant motherfuckers like you. Aiding and abbeting, that's all you're doing. You're a fucking pawn, and you're too stupid to see it.
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Male 8,560
thething911  No. It doesn't. 

Yeah, it does.  The bag itself, empty, depending on the way it's manufactured costs between $1 & $2.95.

Saline is cheap.  But, start adding medications and it gets expensive quick.  Most hospitals mix IV medications on site.  This requires a team of Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians. They have to be paid.

The pharmacy itself must meet federal regulations for cleanliness. (not cheap) If they deal with chemotherapy drugs then a special room with higher cleanliness requirements (not cheap) with special hoods must be maintained (not cheap).  The chemo drugs themselves are not cheap.

Basically, you're talking from ignorance.

Are they overpriced? Yes.  There are several reasons for that, which is an entirely different debate.

But they sure as hell are not "less than a dollar".
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Male 3,497
Capitalism is AWESOME!
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Male 339
daegog Yes it is!!!! Go Capitalism!!!! Making the world a better place.
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Male 129
for starters america has a bigger population than the other "developed nations", plus the video doesn't even mention the fact that you're also paying for the doctor's education, knowledge and expertise, along with the cost of making sure the hospital runs well and is stocked with all the required medicine they need for any possible medical emergency 
that doesn't make up for the excessively high cost but it still would be expensive to a point
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Female 4,441
boredusernames01 same "Doctors" that kill more people every year than cars and guns combined.
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Male 84
Having a larger population should actually lower the average cost per person.
Costs of doctors' education, hospital running costs, stocking of medicines and supplies, and so on, isn't unique to the US.
Here's a comparison of the US with some other systems.

My impression of the US system is that the bulk of the money goes to the insurance companies, and that POTUS and his pals only want the sick to pay for it .. why should you contribute if you and your family don't get ill, or you have enough cash lying around to pay for treatment if you need it?

I'm happy to be corrected.
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Male 40,772
agurney US Hospitals pay zillions of dollars for insurance. Individual doctors also pay a fortune for it. The insurance companies are happy to pay the massively inflated prices, it forces people to... BUY INSURANCE to pay for getting sick!
That was what the ACA was all about: forcing healthy people to buy insurance they do not want and cannot use, against their will.
Of course there's a lot more BAD things to go with that, which is why the 'average family of 4' did NOT "save $2,500 per year" under the ACA but in FACT saw their rates go up 45% on average and their coverage go way down!

They pay more for less coverage and cannot change policies because there are none! There's no competition, Obamacare regulates the "lowest cost" ones and they are massive.

It's all a gigantic scam, and yes the Repubs are now just as guilty as the Dems about it.
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Male 595
5cats I mean, you started off right for about a few sentences there, but then. YOU FAILED TO FUCKING NOTICE THAT OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IS THE LEGACY OF REPUBLICANS. The ACA is a desperate, last ditch attempt to put some bandaids on an idea hatched entirely by fucking Nixon. Hate your healthcare? BLAME THE FUCKING REPUBLICANS YOU IGNORANT POS. 
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Male 663
thething911 I think that health insurance really got kicked off during WWII when it was decided that fringe benefits did not count as wages for and thus could not be considered when enforcing wage controls....
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Male 9,769
All of this goes away with single payer healthcare....
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Male 663
holygod <<<All of this goes away with single payer healthcare....>>>

Well not exactly.  The reason we have all of this is because we do not really have healthcare providers competing to attract customers based on quality or cost.  There are some that price vs quality shop for major procedures but not a sufficiently high enough percentage to affect the market. Going to a single payer system will make this worse not better. If your health care expenses are paid by someone regardless of cost consumers will have zero incentive to even ask about cost. Similarly providers will have zero incentive to innovate to minimize costs or improve outcomes.  One might expect that in a single payer system the single payer will set minimum performance levels and maximum acceptable costs and this will be effective in the short term.  However, as people and organizations find that they have little reward to excel there will be a race to mediocrity and cost will go up and or availability will drop.
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Male 339
holygod yep, all the doctors, hospitals, clinics and medicine will go away with single payer healthcare.
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Male 9,769
johncourage Sorry, I'm not fluent in moron. Can you translate please?
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Male 339
holygod Don't sell yourself short. You are excellent at being a moron. One of the best.
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Male 9,769
johncourage That was an excellent retort. Truly worthy of a man of your stature.

Please go back and explain to me how doctors, hospitals, clinics, and medicine go away with single payer healthcare.
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Male 339
holygod decisions are made, shortages occur. It's not the best option.
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Male 860
holygod a lot of it goes away if you keep 'for profit' away from a public service.
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