It’s bad enough to have a healthcare industry that is out of reach for millions but testing during a pandemic ought to be considered a public good.
The gist of the article.
“The emergency room charged Mr. Harvey $199 in cash. Ms. LeBlanc, who paid with insurance, was charged $6,408.
“I assumed, like an idiot, it would be cheaper to use my insurance than pay cash right there,” Ms. LeBlanc said. “This is 32 times the cost of what my friend paid for the exact same thing.”
Ms. LeBlanc’s health insurer negotiated the total bill down to $1,128. The plan said she was responsible for $928 of that.
During the pandemic, there has been wide variation between what providers bill for the same basic diagnostic test, with some charging $27, others $2,315. It turns out there is also significant variation in how much a test can cost two patients at the same location.“
This is one way to fulfill the strategy that if we don’t know who is contagious the stats will make us, and Trump, look better.
While we are at it, let’s stop taking blood pressure readings at exams and hypertension will disappear. The method? Charge $500 per reading.
You can’t make this stuff up. And we lament the infection, hospitalization and death rates in the US.