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One Hospital Charges $8,000 — Another, $38,000

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I get the fact that liberals won't understand that this is a problem that would be remedied via market forces, and that if people were made responsible for shopping for their care, that prices would come down.

The reason there can be such wide variations in these costs, is because no one cares what is charged because someone else is paying the bill.

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/05/08/one-hospital-charges-8000-another-38000/?hpid=z1

 

 

 

Consumers on Wednesday will finally get some answers about one of modern life’s most persistent mysteries: how much medical care actually costs.

 

For the first time, the federal government will release the prices that hospitals charge for the 100 most common inpatient procedures. Until now, these charges have been closely held by facilities that see a competitive advantage in shielding their fees from competitors. What the numbers reveal is a health-care system with tremendous, seemingly random variation in the costs of services.

 

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In the District, George Washington University’s average bill for a patient on a ventilator was $115,000, while Providence Hospital’s average charge for the same service was just under $53,000. For a lower joint replacement, George Washington University charged almost $69,000 compared with Sibley Memorial Hospital’s average of just under $30,000.

Virginia’s highest average rate for a lower limb replacement was at CJW Medical Center in Richmond, more than $117,000, compared with Winchester Medical Center charging $25,600 per procedure. CJW charged more than $38,000 for esophagitis and gastrointestinal conditions, while Carilion Tazewell Community Hospital averaged $8,100 in those cases.

 

Elsewhere, Las Colinas Medical Center just outside Dallas billed Medicare, on average, $160,832 for lower joint replacements.

 

Five miles away and on the same street, Baylor Medical Center in Irving, Tex., billed the government an average fee of $42,632.

 

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and I'll bet the lowest figures could be cut in half and they'd still make money.

You'd be wrong. I won't get into specifics, but the low end of at least two of those costs barely pay the hospitals costs.

 

So, you boys have a problem with capitalism?...

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No. The fact you think the varied cost in healthcare is "capitalism", shows your ignorance of the subject.

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No. The fact you think the varied cost in healthcare is "capitalism", shows your ignorance of the subject.

Of course it does, Jar Jar.

 

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