Why are Medical Bills so High [video]

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TIME magazine just dedicated its current issue to just one article: “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us.”
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The article, written by Time contributor Steven Brill, is required reading for all healthcare providers, administrators, legislators, patients — basically, everyone; especially readers of this ME-P.

The article is too comprehensive to summarize in one blurb, but Mr. Brill did a good job of describing its origins to Jon Stewart on The Daily Show.

Throughout all of the discussions during the Obamacare debate, the focus was usually on who should pay the medical bills.  Brill said, “We never asked the first question: Why are the bills so high?”

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2 Responses

  1. More on Hospital Bills

    I’ll be a doctor soon, but I can’t understand my hospital bill

    http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2013/04/doctor-understand-hospital-bill.html

    An essay by medical student Lisa Jacobs, MBA.

    Ann Miller RN MHA
    http://www.CertifiedMedicalPlanner.org

  2. CDC Numbers Show Fewer Americans Have Trouble Paying Medical Bills

    http://thehealthcareblog.com/blog/2013/06/09/data-points-cdc-report-shows-fewer-americans-have-trouble-paying-medical-bills/

    How about that?

    Karla

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