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    Hell yeah! Hell no!

    One California hospital charged $10 for a blood cholesterol test, while another hospi

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014...led-irrational
    As the title says
    One California hospital charged $10 for a blood cholesterol test, while another hospital that ran the same test charged $10,169.

    Holy crap, that is a bit crazy

    Jan Emerson-Shea in the article does go on to say
    "Charges are meaningless data — virtually no one pays charges,"
    This some how isn't any more comforting.

    This isn't the 1st story on how widely medical care cost can be that I have seen but as the article points out this is for a simple lab test.

    Crazy.

    So why should you care?
    Well Medical cost are not as market driven as many other things.
    When an ambulance comes and picks your ass up from an accident your typically not in a position to say to them take you to St. Cheapos vs where ever they are going to take you.
    In fact options on where you receive treatment are often limited for a verity of reasons.
    I don't have an answer as to how to get the medical field a bit more "rational" in their approach to pricing but I would imagine it would be a damn good idea for us to do so.
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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    Quote Originally Posted by goodlun View Post
    I don't have an answer as to how to get the medical field a bit more "rational" in their approach to pricing but I would imagine it would be a damn good idea for us to do so.
    Head North.

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    Our Medicare system actually costs the government less in tax than yours.

    http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2...dicare-compare

    Which adds extra nuts to that ice cream.
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