Saturday, May 17, 2008
You have heard many of us say that medicine is not a business and that patients are not customers. Let's try a little exercise here. I really am interested in what you have to tell me. Just for fun, call up your local hospital and ask the following...
1. How much is an EKG in the ER?
2. How much is a set of cardiac markers in the ER?
3. How much is a chest XRAY in the ER?
Make a couple of calls on different days. One time say you are uninsured and are concerned about your bill and the tests above are what you have been told you will need and you want to be able to pay. Another time, tell them you have medicaid, another time tell them you have kick-ass private insurance with gold-plated benefits through the railroad or IBM or some shit like that. Let me know what you find out.
I suspect you will not be able to get this information at all. If you are able to get the information I bet you get different answers based on your level of insuredness (if that's a word), which will prove my point. In a business you know the price before you buy. In a cost-shifting game the price is hidden because some pay none and others pay a lot. Have fun!
Не волнуйтесь по поводу мужчина скрывался за занавесом. он с правительством и находится здесь, чтобы помочь вам.
EDITOR'S NOTE: THE HAPPY HOSPITALIST IS DOING SIMILAR WORK HERE SO LET'S GET THIS INFO TOGETHER. 911DOC
Posted by DRX at Saturday, May 17, 2008