Carl Hiaasen: Once again, we’re the poster child for scandal - Carl Hiaasen - MiamiHerald.com: " . . . The federal survey of hospital charges, released last week, was the most comprehensive ever — and the most embarrassing. . . . Hospitals reporting relatively sane charges for treating one type of illness will jack up the bill insanely for another. Medicare knows these astronomical dollar figures are nonsense. So do the major insurance carriers. Everybody shrugs, signs the paperwork and moves on. Meanwhile, Americans have no way of finding out the true cost of medical care. The process seems designed at every level to conceal and confuse. . . . the only time those big heavy numbers are real — when they get dropped on somebody with no safety net. What a system." (read more at link above)
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