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health insurance premiums

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Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump

End Predatory Healthcare Pricing

I recently served as president of a Miami hospital and got an insider’s view of the healthcare system. The lack of “legitimate” healthcare pricing has destroyed the system. Ask the price of any healthcare service and you will always receive the same answer: “What insurance do you have?”  Billing is determined by how much can be extracted from each patient on a case by case basis. Because billing rates are not set, the industry is able to prey on patients at their most vulnerable. And if you are out of network or uninsured, you pay the highest rates. A simple blood test for cholesterol can range from $10 to $400 or more at the same lab. Hospitalization for chest pain can result in a bill from the same hospital for the same services ranging anywhere from $3,000 to $25,000 or more. Price transparency initiatives are futile when prices may vary by a factor of 100 for the exact same service performed by the same provider. To stop the bleeding, Congress need only require that healthcare providers publish “legitimate pricing” which means, they can continue to set their own rates, but - a different rate for each patient - must be prohibited. Rates must be published in a uniform format such as industry standard CPT codes or a percentage of Medicare rates. Every citizen would be empowered to search any medical procedure online and see pricing for all providers within X miles. It would be as easy and familiar as checking the price of any other goods or services. Legitimate prices mean networks will be obsolete, along with the administrative burdens, tremendous costs, and limitations on patient choice which they impose. Reducing healthcare costs is the only way to materially lower health insurance premiums. Legitimate pricing will force providers to compete. Costs and therefore insurance premiums will plummet overnight. But if we keep the status quo, we will continue to see rising prices and outrage over medical bills. We shouldn’t have a system that makes us so powerless. To reverse our nation’s financial bleeding and end restrictions on patient choice, we petition for the President-Elect's support for Congress to empower citizens by mandating legitimate healthcare pricing.

STEVEN I. WEISSMAN, A Former Hospital President
112,203 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump, John McCain, Tim Kaine, Paul Ryan, John Kasich, Charles Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, US House of Representatives, US Senate

Healthcare for the people--A bipartisan way to get this done!!!

It's very simple, there are 5564 hospitals in the country and 323 million people and growing everyday!!  Why wouldn't you fund those hospitals instead of the 323 million people!!  If you give the hospitals their top number budget and have a cost evaluation every year for changes that are needed we could get this done!!  Hospitals could receive grants in addition to the money they receive if they do research for Cancer, Muscular Dystrophy etc!!  80 percent of the hospital budget would go for surgery, radiation, equipment etc and 20 percent would go to keeping the lights and water on and paying the people that don't get paid separately!!  The billing team would stay on to become an individual audit team to make sure that all allocations of money goes where it is supposed to go!!!! The Doctors, pharmaceutical companies, and Dentist would go on their own private healthcare plan from your insurance company as they are now!!  The difference in this plan would be  phenomenal for the insurance companies because with hospitals being the major part of it the cost they pay out would go down significantly and copays, deductibles and out of pocket expenses would drop to almost nothing!!  Insurance would be cheap and you still have individual companies that could offer incentives to keep you with them!!   Medicare and Medicaid would still be available to poor folks because the only thing your changing is taking the hospital out of the equation of things needing to be paid!!  Medicaid and Medicare cost would drop millions of dollars as well!! Doctors, Pharmaceutical Companies and Dentist get paid the same as usual!!  The insurance companies make more profit and pay out less!!  The hospital gets everything they need to continue operations as usual!!  They are nonprofit remember!!  The government saves millions perhaps billions off of the budget!!  The American people get a healthcare system that could be modeled all over the world and makes sense!! Lets send this to Washington to our leaders, get this scored and get this done!!!

Robert Hanger
5 supporters