American healthcare might not be the best world, but it is the most expensive.
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Adam Ruins Everything - The Real Reason Hospitals Are So Expensive | truTV
Hospitals are closing left and right because they can’t stay in business. They aren’t getting rich, for the most part. Doctors spend up to $100,000 a year on malpractice insurance because patients sue left and right for the dumbest stuff. Bet that doesn’t happen in other countries like it does here.
This is mostly wrong. If you can’t afford your hospital bill, call them and tell them and they’ll lower it. Happens allllll the time. Last hospital I worked at actually received less than 50% of all charges to noninsured patients.
Chargemaster? PLZ!!! Its insurance; combined with government attempts at standardized health care. One loss gets moves to anothers cost.
Make health insurance mandatory.. prices go up. Look at me being a prophet after the fact. Supply and demand... except Gov health care demands supply. . Forcing the lesser demand high. To cover the cost. Their potential loss, your cost.
you heard 'thousand people who sent to hospital' my opinion must be: people who make stupid stuns end up hospital, people who challenge eating some poison food, people challenge prank someone up to dead end, people who jump off roof to the pool.
i got insurance on my job i went to the emergency room it cost me over 900 dollars for the visit and over 200 dollars for the doctors! The reason why i didnt go to a doctor aligned with my insurance thats crazy money1
Nobody owes you medical care...it’s a service...problem with the prices? Why don’t you and your fellow people open your own and set reasonable prices. It would only take about 20k people to raise money for a hospital and they only charge real prices...charge a couple bucks extra to pay back the people...make the hospital not accept insurance...boom...and if u have cancer...churches will bail you out
So in Vietnam (and some parts of Asia), there are small drug shops that sell cheaper medicine than in hospitals.
They also sometimes lie.
My mother went to a hospital and the doctors said that she had an extra piece of intestine and told her that she would *die* if she didn't have surgery. It was extremely expensive so my father introduced her to another doctor who said that EVERYBODY had an extra piece of intestine and that it was very rare to get it damaged.
But what I do trust about doctors are the vaccines (spoilers, they don't give you autism)
Easiest solution is just to never go to the hospital. Fake a bacterial infection 1 time and store tablet antibiotics, buy some surgical equipment online. Avoid snakes and spiders. Learn medicine and watch surgeries online. Keep healthy, don't do any dangerous stunts. If you need to dissect a melanoma, do it yourself and bite the bullet. Check your blood pressure, buy your own basic blood test kits. Operate on YOURSELF if necessary. Only use the hospital under certain circumstances and grill them over costings etc... *but seriously, do what you need to do*
There is already a fix in the works. There are doctors who are now setting up practices where they do not accept insurance at all. They charge the customer directly at a greatly reduced price. Going with a government health plan on the other hand won't help prices. They would just charge the government whatever they want, and the government would just pay it without complaint. Why not? It's not their money anyways so they won't care. Bigger Government is Bigger Waste.
If insurances are abolished, medical prices would fall way down. They would have to, or else they would go out of business. Best solution I have ever heard that combine these two things is to have no insurance for the little things like check-ups or broken leg/arm and have a government insurance for the catastrophic care. After all, insurances are supposed to be used for the rare emergencies, not the everyday little things.
For one, many studies have been done on Healthcare worldwide, and the Quality of care is 1 in the US. We have the best tech, and the best care.
Our high price comes from Many different factors: like hospitals and private practices being required to have ridiculously high malpractice insurance, and also having to pay for everything from the hundred thousand dollar MRI machines to the cotton swabs, to the US being the primary source of profit for drug and tech companies to afford the R&D and expensive payroll because all the other countries force these companies to offer everything at bottom price so many don't even bother with them. That's why we have seven times asant x Ray machines here than in Europe.
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I think this is pretty accurate and a good history lesson on how we got here. But I blame the insurance companies AND politicians. I work in healthcare and I see it. But the reality is laws make hospitals treat people who we know can't pay and MEDICARE reimbursement rates are less than the cost of providing the services. Guess who makes up for those losses? Yup, patients with insurance. But it gets worse... when we bill, insurance companies say "we won't pay $100, we will only pay $30"... so the cycle only gets worse. Imagine what the affordable care act did to that when they massively expanded MEDICARE? This is what happens when you mess with market forces and place a non-neutral third party between the consumer and service provider. Another thing left out of this video that I don't know if it was considered is some of the cost of those items may have services "baked in". Yea an IV bag cost $130, but a doctor has to order it, a nurse has to start the IV and monitor the pump. Then there are things like electricity, heat, and water bills. The sad part of all of this is the small town, private practice physician is going the way of the dinosaur. They can no longer afford to stay open with all the regulations and requirements. They now need electronic medical records and economies of scale don't support the IT staff required to do that in a small business. Same with medical coders and the people they need to hire to "fight" with the insurance companies. Only big business can survive. Again, because of overregulation and insurance companies. And before you think socialized medicine is the answer, it is not. That is also expensive... and offers less choice for the healthcare consumer because it is totally disconnected from the market forces. To fix this will require several things. 1. Disconnect this from politics. Political posturing is preventing any sort of reasonable solutions. 2. Tort reform (similar to what Texas did about 14 yrs ago) to prevent all of these parties (hospitals, doctors, drug companies, medical equipment companies, etc) from having to overcharge to fund large slush funds so they are not bankrupted by outrageous lawsuits. 3. Regional panels of physicians, logistics reps, insurance reps, and economists to approve pricing AND reimbursement rates. 4. Allow selling healthcare insurance accross state lines. 5. People are going to have to accept they will have to pay some of their healthcare costs. Look at the lady in the video, she doesn't care what it costs because the insurance company is between her (the consumer) and the hospital (the service provider). This is what the affordable care act really screwed up, it forced the young and healthy to subsidize the old and unhealthy. People need choice based on their needs and how much they are willing to pay. If they want a Cadillac plan... THEY will have to pay. Most people may only need catastrophic insurance and a healthcare savings plan. When people have to pay for something, they will care what it cost. When they care what it cost, that will affect where they shop... which will affect what hospitals charge. Right now, we have removed all incentive for hospitals to charge less... in fact, we have actually incentivized them TO CHARGE MORE. That is totally against how the economic system works.
My husband had to go to the hospital today due to a back pain that it was getting so bad, we went and he got like 2 x rays, blood test and pee test we were there for 3 hours.. and the doctor said that it was a kidney stone that he could fix with medice, so the medicine was 26 dlls for three types of pills and of course our hospital bill was 13,000.. dlls
How about doing a video on the insanity of big Pharma. And how their medications come with a host of side effects and problems that are 10 times worse than the original problem you're trying to solve. For example anti-depression and antipsychotics make you crazier and make you want to commit suicide after going on a killing spree. There are thousands of drugs out there with Insidious side effects that not only do not treat whatever problem you have but actually work completely the opposite. For example that Boniva medicine. It is the medicine meant to help you with your calcium deficiencies. Mostly older women take them. But if you read the fine print it actually stops your body from being able to take in and process calcium and it makes your bones brittle. People don't even read those little pamphlets that come in those things that tell you everything that the drug will do and everything that the drug may do.
Anyone looking for affordable healthcare should look into FQHCs, community health centers and patient centered medical homes where the impetus is on keeping you healthy and not charging an arm and a leg
when Alex ruins everything with false data...
Specialists, nurses and primary care doctors all earn significantly more in the U.S. compared to other countries.
that's with Administrative costs, Hospital services and diagnostic tests that cost more.
and that is the reason...
while I can't say that it's a direct result but compared to the average of all the nations, Americans appear to go to the doctor less often and spend fewer days in the hospital after being admitted. - so maybe there are high costs but Americans get better treatment as compared to majority of countries.
When the politicians force hospitals to treat people who can't pay and then eat the bill, and force them to accept government insurance that pays pennies on the dollar for services rendered, then these hospitals MUST find a way to subsidize these losses that they are forced to endure, or they will go out of business. So yea, it is the politicians.
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