Thursday, November 17, 2016

For those who thought Ed Cone or Andrew Brod give a siht about you; "A person gets sick"

"She knows how tricky health insurance can be, so she does the smart thing. She goes to a hospital covered by her plan — “in-network,” in the parlance of health care. She gets well. Weeks later, she opens her mail and feels unwell again: An unexpected bill that puts her on the hook for hundreds of extra dollars because, it says, some of the care she got was out-of-network...

Our local health care industry is full of thieves

...Doctors who work in hospitals agree to accept certain kinds of insurance. Those may — or may not — be the same insurers that their hospital has decided to accept. That can leave patients with a bill for the rest. Although the problem has been chronicled for years, the scale was unknown.

On purpose

...“surprise billing,” when patients unexpectedly find themselves paying for out-of-network care, was common. Researchers examined 2.2 million medical claims covering emergency department visits from an undisclosed large health insurance company over nearly two years.

While 99 percent of the visits were in-network, a fifth included treatment by out-of-network emergency physicians.

Ever hear Ed or Andrew bring up Cone overcharging?

...patients' potential surprise bills could add up to $623, on average — and found one patient who could have faced a potential bill of more than $19,000.

Theft of the poor, by those enriched by the establishment

...emergency physicians charged, on average, nearly 800 percent of Medicare rates for out-of-network care.

...the study was peer-reviewed.

....patients who receive surprise bills are dealing with the unwelcome discovery that their insurance plans simply cover very little.

...those people with insurance plans most likely to leave them on the hook for the charges are those who may be less likely to afford it..."

Fcucking poor people...

No problem for Cone Health's Board of Directors

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/11/17/the-surprisingly-common-reason-your-medical-bill-might-be-higher-than-you-expect/?hpid=hp_hp-more-top-stories-2_wb-medical-920pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory
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All the finest people, among others;

Carole Bruce

Edward F. Cone

Deborah Hooper

J. Edward Kitchen

Dave Leeper

M. Lee McAllister

http://www.conehealth.com/about-us/board-of-trustees/

Fuck you 

"Parasitism

In biology/ecology, parasitism is a non-mutual symbiotic relationship between species, where one species, the parasite, benefits at the expense of the other, the host.

...Unlike predators, parasites typically do not kill their host, are generally much smaller than their host, and will often live in or on their host for an extended period. Both are special cases of consumer-resource interactions.

...Parasites increase their own fitness by exploiting hosts for resources necessary for their survival, e.g. food, water, heat, habitat, and transmission..."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parasitism

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