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At the White House on Thursday, President Donald Trump announced his principles to solve a huge problem facing our healthcare system: surprise medical bills. Present at the event were victims of outrageously large, surprise bills and their family members. ...Many Americans have had similar frustrating experiences following a trip to the hospital. They thought they understood the care they had received and who provided it only to receive lengthy, unintelligible bills for services they were unaware of by out-of-network providers they never met at prices that far exceed the amounts that insurance pays.These surprise bills typically result from patients receiving care from an out-of-network provider that they may have reasonably assumed was in-network -- or from receiving out-of-network care in an emergency when they had limited, if any, ability to choose their provider. Think of the time a loved one went to the nearest emergency room in a crisis and was hit with an out-of-network bill. Think of the time you scheduled a surgery after confirming that the surgeon and hospital were in your insurance network, only to be later sent a huge bill for an out-of-network anesthesiologist who you did not choose but who was part of your surgical team. ...At its core, more transparency and information can solve much of this problem. Every patient should be informed upfront of the network status of all providers in advance of receiving scheduled care, with a single, comprehensible bill with pricing information about the provider, the services that should be reasonably expected, and the out-of-pocket costs for which they will be responsible. And unless patients provide advance consent, out-of-network providers should not be able to send them bills. ...Congress should come together on a bipartisan basis to pass legislation, based on these commonsense principles, to end surprise medical billing. It is not acceptable to see hospitals -- institutions ostensibly committed to the mission of patient care -- put patients in these unfair and unnecessary financial situations.
totally agree, but the Democrats certainly don't want to help any Americans while Trump is president.
“There’s a small number of hospitals, and entry is hard.”
Did you know that there are also lots of non hospitals as well that can do things
First of all gouging is illegal
mell saysFirst of all gouging is illegalKind of depends on your definition of "gouging", unless it occurs under certain external conditions such as a hurricane its pretty much buyer beware. As a rule sick people don't make good, discerning customers/ consumers. Their focus is not on cost, and the complexities of health care are beyond the understanding of the average person. Small markets have little competition in health care. Many rural area hospitals are dead or dying and the care they provide is typically not good. If your goal is to provide decent health care to all citizens at a reasonable cost a free market system does not work. If that is not the goal, then maybe small tweaks to the bloated hybrid employer, private, government system we have feels about right.
They don’t want to help Americans period. They only want to help illegals get across the border, get on welfare, and get to vote Democrat. The entire party has gone full retard