Medical Costs

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 Aspirin

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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Ambulance Fees

By Martin E. Comas – Orlando Sentinel.   Seminole looks at costly ‘non transport’ ambulance fees. In Seminole County, if you call for an ambulance and are treated at the scene — with no trip to… Read More...

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Health Care Billing Still Too Murky

Source: The Tampa Bay Times. Determining the true cost of health care remains difficult, despite the government’s recent release of valuable data about medical billing. Nationwide, doctors and hospitals engage in complex billing schemes that...

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Medicare Plans’ Upcoding Cost Billions

By Center for Public Integrity.  Four years ago, Medicare auditors came to an alarming conclusion: the federal government shouldn’t have paid a half-dozen insurance plans hundreds of millions of dollars to treat seniors in especially...

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