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New rules for health plans require clear summaries of benefits

By Patrick   Follow   Mon, 13 Feb 2012, 4:56pm PST   500 views   2 comments
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TPB   Tue, 14 Feb 2012, 5:16am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (2)     Comment 1

(fat goofy kid in the back raising his hand)

If we are paying over $1600 a month for a family of 4 can we stop calling them "Benefits"?

elliemae   Tue, 14 Feb 2012, 2:55pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (1)     Comment 2

From the article, which describes a hospital's response to an attorney who is suing for a $14k hospital bill that includes charges for medications that are 24x higher than they would be if purchased at a corner pharmacy:

"In essence, defendant provides the unremarkable assertion that he can buy a pill cheaper at the hospital pharmacy or at a local CVS drug store than to have that same pill served by a technician, who is supervised by a nurse, who reports (to) the hall nursing supervisor, who reports to the director, and on up the chain of command. In addition, this pill will not be picked up to be taken at home, but rather is served in a room that is clean, maintained and supervised 24 hours a day, seven days a week," hospital attorneys said.


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