Mon Feb 25, 2013, 09:55 PM
TalkingDog (9,001 posts)
The True Cost of Healthcare: A View of Healthcare Costs from the Inside
12 segments, with 11 short videos that touch on the highlights. (Mods, I am posting 4 segment bullet point descriptions as "paragraphs". If you feel this is incorrect, please let me know and I will modify)
-Almost all prices in health care are hidden from both doctors and patients. Any cost thatís hidden or confusing is easy to inflate.
2. Medications: What Your Pharmacist Wonít Tell You
-Most generic prescription medications arenít 50% or 75% less expensive than their brand named equivalents, they are 100 times cheaper!!
-Most people can pay less for generic medications if they pay for them directly than if they use their insurance and pay a copay (people pay extra for the privilege of being overcharged).
-The Costco list at the end of the section is only partial but it's clear that $32.95 per year is a lot less than $10 per month!
3. Medications: The Bad News
-When medications are expensive, they can be REALLY expensive!
-Concrete examples are given that show how hiding the cost of these medications directly results in inflating these costs
4. Medications: Conclusion
-The tips given at the end of the section would be useful to most people
-Pharmaceutical reps should be banned.
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