By WR Jones
My goodness it has been such a long time I’m about to explode with pent up rants.
Let’s ease back into this so I don’t do myself further mental damage. HEALTHCARE reform – nice job Obama!
My son had an operation that was supposed to be outpatient procedure. It was to last 30 minutes to an hour. Four hours latter when it was finished the doctor decided to hold him overnight.
He received the bill, $7000 for the overnight stay. That is $7000 for the room alone, didn’t have anything to do with the surgery. He was NOT in intensive care. He had a shared room (with a man who had been pistol whipped during a robbery. He withdrew money from an ATM at 6:00 AM) Lesson here, pack heat when you withdraw from an ATM.
So I have to ask myself how does one come up with a bill of $7000 for a shared room with minimal nursing for one night? What is clearly happening is that for all the people who can’t pay anything, the person who can afford SOMETHING is made to pay for EVERYONE who can’t pay. This concept is astounding to me.
A more logical approach would be to charge the person who can pay, a just amount for HIS/HER use, not for everyone else. What would this amount be? I can’t get it exactly but I do see bills of say $1000 from a doctor that are settled by the insurance company for say $350. This means the provider can stay afloat or even make a bit of profit with the $350.
So I say to all the jerkoff presidents et al, in politics why can’t you stop people from being HUGELY overcharged? If we must cover everyone then let’s share the burden equally. This would mean higher taxes I know but then someone who can pay a reasonable amount for care is not wiped out. We can share the load which means higher taxes, a bit less for doctors, and a big amount less for insurance executives who earn multi million bonuses by screwing as many people as possible while appearing to care.
Yes I do understand the insurance companies must earn a profit and are under constant assault by crooks. So we need to shoot the crooks with the guns we need to carry for ATM withdrawals.
There now, I’m feeling better.