This is a petition to DEMAND fair and legitimate pricing in all medical related fields/ because the demand of nearly 3.8 trillion dollars per year, IS ABSOLUTELY unfair. And cannot be paid. www.criticaleconomics.info
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Which brings us again: TO THE MEDICAL BILLING, for work done.
Having entered the closest hospital to me, in Dec 2014/ I then received surgery for gall bladder removal 3-4 days later. That billing begins at $45,143.78. A review of the itemized billing comes later.
The ransom insurance paid for hospitalization was $369.10 per month/ now $391.24 ($4,694.88 per year) for an insurance plan with $7500.00 deductible. “Nobody buys hospitalization insurance”/ we buy extortion protection: as determined by the level of true services received; and the consequent pricing, as seen above/ by hospital administration and others. “The body kidnaps you when ill/ the cost to be set free if possible: becomes exorbitantly high.” Insurance adds to the cost of healthcare.
The two surgeons and anaesthesiologist did a good job. Approximately 2 hours per each/ plus cleanup & various non-professional staff for before and after surgery another 2 man hours. One hour in recovery room, back to hospital room. Roughly 8 man hours. As did the hospital staff, a good job. They were attentive but not overwhelming by any means. No complaints are registered to or against the staff.
` The emergency room “not so much”/ as they didn’t have 2 minutes to attend to me after putting me in a room. To become comfortable “relatively speaking”/ I did use the button to call them, 3 times, within ten minutes (blanket/ water/ question): they then took it away. If they had taken five to ten minutes from the beginning; to listen to my complaint that would not have been necessary. No desire to significantly help/ even at astronomical prices. But alas, “I am not pretty/ or expensively dressed” and we all know it makes a difference; admit it or not. Nonetheless, I received dye and a ct scan. Total time spent by staff on my behalf in ER, roughly 2 man hours (cleanup/ reading scan/ take to room/ etc). Billing an assumed one man hour.
the staff within the hospital heard my complaint: that my ears cannot take the noise in this room, and did their best to quiet that noise until I could. My thanks/ still noisy but tolerable! I have tinnitus.
My treatment was: several laboratory tests to see if the chemical imbalance created by the medical condition had calmed down. No food or liquid for 3 days; thereby the exchange of intravenous fluids bottles about every one a day. Had a morphine button, used it little. Received little more. Nonetheless, they did invest roughly 8-10 man hours of individual time with me including food service.
That gives us 6 hours surgery time/ surgery assistance 2 man hours/ plus laboratory work; roughly totaling 2 man hours altogether/ plus an x-ray “two people; plus developing” 1 hour./ Plus ER 2 man hours. Plus 9 hours hospital. All considered professional apart from cleanup, and that too has risks so it should be considered more than “simple”. An approximate 24 man hours used entirely for me. Lets assume a twenty percent error possibility, and make the entire labor spent on my behalf at not over 29 man hours.
So lets be generous and provide $100.00 per hour for all human intervention: an equivalent of $200,000.00 per year for a forty hour week. Giving us a maximum potential cost of $2900.00 for work involved in my treatment: gall bladder removed.
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