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.”
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?”




We wish we could say we thought of this, but it was Matt Yglesias who did.


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3 Responses

  1. More on Hospital Bills

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


    An essay by medical student Lisa Jacobs, MBA.

    Ann Miller RN MHA


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


    How about that?



  3. Survey: 1 in 5 Families Struggle to Pay Medical Bills

    The CDC recently released survey results on Americans under age 65 who struggle to pay health care bills. Here are some key findings from the report:

    • From 2011-2014, 1 in 5 persons was in a family that had problems paying medical bills in the past year.
    • The number having problems paying medical bills decreased from 56.5 mil. in 2011 to 47.7 mil. in 2014.
    • 15.8% of males were in families having problems paying medical bills in 2015, down from 20.5% in 2011.
    • Females in families with medical financial difficulty decreased from 22.1% in 2011 to 17.3% in 2015.
    • 12.7% of those who had private coverage in 2015 were in families having problems paying medical bills.
    • 1 in 5 people with public coverage in 2015 are in families having problems paying medical bills.

    Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, December 2015


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