I’ve been saying this for years and years….

Health & Family

Corrections Appended: February 26, 2013

1. Routine Care, Unforgettable Bills
When Sean Recchi, a 42-year-old from Lancaster, Ohio, was told last March that he had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, his wife Stephanie knew she had to get him to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Stephanie’s father had been treated there 10 years earlier, and she and her family credited the doctors and nurses at MD Anderson with extending his life by at least eight years.

Because Stephanie and her husband had recently started their own small technology business, they were unable to buy comprehensive health insurance. For $469 a month, or about 20% of their income, they had been able to get only a policy that covered just $2,000 per day of any hospital costs. “We don’t take that kind of discount insurance,” said the woman at MD Anderson when Stephanie called to make an appointment for Sean.

Stephanie was then…

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  1. melindaclayton says:

    I’ve been saying it for years too, Robin. It’s a scam, from the institutions to the drug companies. My oldest son and I had a lot of complications during his birth. Afterward, a very nice and honest nurse said, “I can bring you something for pain, which will cost you a lot of money, or your husband can bring you four Ibuprofen from home, which will do the very same thing.” Guess which one I chose!

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    • This is why I laugh when they refer to the “cost of healthcare” and how everyone should have insurance – insurance doesn’t pay diddly squat, all it does is line someone else’s pocket. If the government wants to “lower healthcare costs,” they need to actually LOWER the cost, not make insurance available. That merely RAISES the cost to consumers.

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