Hospital Consolidation Is Driving Up Health Care Costs.
Last week I wrote about hospitals not knowing exactly what their costs were for various procedures. Without that information, they cannot make informed decisions about pricing. Without informed decisions about pricing, there can be no price competition. There also can … Read More
Even Hospitals Don’t Know What Surgery Costs.
In August I wrote a post about why our health care costs keep going up and up and up. We don’t dictate pricing to hospitals, we rely on the market to set a fair price using supply and demand. Hospital consolidation, … Read More
Lots of Malpractice – Be Careful Out There.
Regardless of what the medical profession would have you believe, there is a lot of medical malpractice out there. Many patients are victims but few end up suing. Most just choose to walk away. Many more were never told that … Read More
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Why Your Health Care Costs Keep Going Up and Up.
As I have observed before, we in the United States pay the most for health care yet we rank well down the list of developed nations in terms of health care outcomes. Why aren’t we getting value for the money … Read More
Posted in Doctors, drug companies, Fee for Service, health, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospitals, Malpractice costs, Medical Costs, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases
Third World Medicine
“Third world medicine” is how a local doctor described to me the quality of the care he is routinely seeing delivered at urgent care centers in the Phoenix area. In his practice, he is often asked to review patient charts … Read More
Bean Counting Hospital Administrators Are Hurting Patients.
It is a well-recognized fact that medical malpractice injures many patients. When that happens, patients have legal remedies. What is less well-recognized is the damage done to patients by hospital administrators chasing the almighty dollar. Unfortunately, for patients injured by … Read More
The Fee For Service Model Needs To Go.
The primary method of doctor and hospital compensation in the United States is “fee for service.” Under this model, doctors and hospitals get paid on an individual basis for each act of service they provide to a patient. The model … Read More
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Break Up The Doctor Cartel?
Medical professionals and their insurers frequently suggest that the high cost of medical care in this country is due to frivolous medical malpractice cases. Former Congressman and former Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price claimed that limiting medical … Read More