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To: JerseyanExile

These outrageous differences in cost for the same procedures show that some thieves wear surgical masks. And it’s our money they are stealing. When is someone going to jail for this felony theft?


2 posted on 05/10/2013 9:28:27 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: txrefugee

What a hospital bills and what medicare pays are two different things. What Medicare actually pays is usually a fraction of what is billed.

If the billing diagnostic and bill codes are the same Medicare will pay both hospitals the same amount. There is payment modifier between cities, so a hospital in a high cost of living city gets paid more than a rural hospital.

Nevertheless, I’m glad to see the government releasing comparative data. Now if they would just require providers to charge the same amount to all payers including insurance companies, we will be on the road to some sensible healthcare.


6 posted on 05/10/2013 9:35:29 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: txrefugee

What a hospital bills and what medicare pays are two different things. What Medicare actually pays is usually a fraction of what is billed.

If the billing diagnostic and bill codes are the same Medicare will pay both hospitals the same amount. There is payment modifier between cities, so a hospital in a high cost of living city gets paid more than a rural hospital.

Nevertheless, I’m glad to see the government releasing comparative data. Now if they would just require providers to charge the same amount to all payers including insurance companies, we will be on the road to some sensible healthcare.


7 posted on 05/10/2013 9:35:29 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: txrefugee

The ajc had a similar article on the cost of hip or knee replacements at different hospitals in the area—ranged from about $29,000 to $91,000. And, yes, the most expensive was the one that handles a ton of non insured/illegals in the areaa.


9 posted on 05/10/2013 9:38:26 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: txrefugee
First thing I'd do in this case is confirm who is “in DC” and who is “outside DC”...my guess is the lower price is a DC public hospital or relationship like that and the higher price is where the hospital is not majorly funded by government
10 posted on 05/10/2013 9:40:05 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: txrefugee

So the govt should mandate prices?


18 posted on 05/10/2013 10:30:36 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do ithat when I have a fire.)
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To: txrefugee

Having had several surgical procedures, I can state that in every case the surgeon’s bill has been separate from the hospital bill. In fact, you can shop around for a surgeon (whose office personnel will tell you what he charges), but you cannot shop around for a hospital. NO WAY will anyone in hospital admin tell you how much your stay is going to cost.


31 posted on 05/10/2013 11:22:02 AM PDT by GSD Lover
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To: txrefugee

I took a fall in the parking lot of Krogers near my home. Broke my patella, and the left side of my body was badly bruised (I am over 70) the hospital did a cat scan because the side of my face was black bruised and my left eye was swollen shut.....cat scan of my head was 5000 dollars. Just being taken into ER by ambulance was 1000 dollars. The Cat scan cost was a great surprise to me...took about 10 minutes....


44 posted on 05/10/2013 1:48:49 PM PDT by goat granny
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