Healthcare can't be separated from health insurance. Insurance is what has removed market forces from healthcare and caused it to be as expensive as it is. That's the problem. People have been conditioned not to participate in the financial effects of their choices. Medicare is the foundation upon which rates are set.
Previous administrations, with paid endorsements from the PACs( call it what it is, pay to play, they all did it) lobbied to get doctors from providing services in their offices and remanded them to outpatient services in hospitals or all these "new emergency" centers. A simple stress test under trained technicians must use these outpatient centers.. now how to pay for them?
Ohhh we raise the hell out of the procedure cost , call it reduced risk under HIPPA guidelines, increase the cost to the patient ! We suck the system dry! Of course, YOU ARE THE SYSTEM, the one who makes the money for it...
I totally agree insurance does this crap, blatantly fudging the numbers " to give you the best deal" by giving you all these cost codes and showing how they saved you money..
Stress test at doctors office was. 300.00, while the "new safer protocols " was 1100.00, my cost......talk about a pretest ! Got my BP up.. didn't get it as , well, I couldn't afford it..and I have insurance..
What they want is us to die off quicker... bankruptcy is the new down payment for medical care...
sorry rant off. We let them screw the pooch to take away choice and now we find out the pooch was US! WOOF,!