Medical Costs




The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates

By Marshall Allen for ProPublica.  ProPublica has been researching why the U.S. health care system is the most expensive in the world. One answer, broadly, is waste — some of it buried in practices that the...

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The RUC Is Bad Medicine; It Has to Go

By Brian Klepper, PhD. RUC Is a Deep Root of Our Healthcare Crisis.  “One of the biggest mistakes we made…is that we took the RUC…back in 1992 and gave it to the AMA…It’s incredibly political,… Read More


Why Hospitals Charge So Much For An Asprin

By Unagidon – Commonweal Magazine. The reason that hospitals charge so much for an aspirin is a rather simple one, and if I tell you why they do it might help me make my point...

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Bigger Hospitals Mean Higher Prices, Not Better Care

By Shannon Brownlee and Vikas Saini – Bloomberg News. Power in hospitals is shifting from doctors to administrators. Hospitals are busily merging with other hospitals and buying up groups of doctors. They claim that size...

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Open heart surgery: $428,903

CNN iReport.  Elise Hay’s daughter, Nora, was born with heart problems and needed surgery when she was four days old. After the two-week hospital stay, surgery, tests, and medications, the cost was nearly half a...

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