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Last login: Monday, August 3, 2009
High health care cost main cause: Patient has to sign a form of financial responsibility for ANY cost not covered by insurance, without any estimate of costs to be incurred. This is effectively a blank check for the health care provider to charge as much as they feel they can get away with. I had a similar experience with UCSD medical center than the gentleman with prostate surgery, but thank goodness on a smaller scale: routine check blood and urine exam, got charged 1400,00, of which 700.00 came out of my pocket (after discount, etc). Subsequently, I pushed for cost estimates for other procedures, and nobody "dealing with paperwork" could give me any...
I felt like the doctor's goal was to maximize charging out of patient's health concerns, with no correlation with patient's health condition. Will look for health care elsewhere...
August 3, 2009 at 11:14 a.m.
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