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TreasonousBastard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-22-07 05:43 PM
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19. Usually it's insurance co. overhead, but...
you're absolutely right that there is not only an effect on providers, but there is a huge amount of waste in the providing itself.

Remember that no matter who pays the bills, there will be accounting departments to keep the payments and paperwork straight, although reducing the number of payers will reduce the amount of paperwork to some extent. No matter how you cut at it, though, claims adjusters will be needed to stop the whole thing from becoming a feeding frenzy.

Right now, there are too many incentives for hospitals, medical groups, and whoever to pad the bills, legally or otherwise.

Why does every hospital that can possibly afford have to have the latest diagnostic equipment that will be used maybe 10% of the time? Because they can charge enough to make it worth their while.

Why does a hospital patient have an endless line of "consulting" physicians passing by the bedside and putting a one-line comment on the chart? Because they bill and get paid for that little stop. Actually doing something for the patient is irrelevant.

Why are hospital bills in NJ higher for the insured than the uninsured? Because a deal was made years ago to soak the inurance companies for the costs of treating the uninsured.

And, yeah, why are drug companies allowed to advertise stuff that you can't buy? Because even though you can't self-medicate with their pills, you can bug your doctor until he writes the scrip just to shut you up.





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