You are viewing an obsolete version of the DU website which is no longer supported by the Administrators. Visit The New DU.
Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login

Reply #19: Usually it's insurance co. overhead, but... [View All]

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010) Donate to DU
TreasonousBastard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-22-07 04:43 PM
Response to Reply #17
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.

Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top

Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010) Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators

Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC