I think we all have our own stories about the healthcare system. Because of these stories, I think we all have our own theories as to why it’s so screwed up. Here’s mine:
Circled in green – $156.00 – is how much some generic bloodwork cost. Because I have insurance, however, the hospital gave me a discount of the amount circled in red – $137.26 This means that on this particular occasion they paid the amount circled in yellow: $14.99, leaving me with a bill for $3.75.
Had I no insurance, the $156 would’ve been mine to pay.
Shouldn’t it be the other way around? If I have no insurance they don’t charge as much?
I take that back. A blood test costs whatever it goddamn costs. If it’s $156 or $15, it costs whatever it costs. This is the only business I can think of where the customer is charged a different amount based on what card they choose to pay with.
“That sour cream is 47 dollars. Oh, you’re paying with a Kroger Card? 89 cents please.”
Waitaminute. Grocery stores already do that. Maybe insurance companies aren’t so evil.
I’ve given me a lot to think about.
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