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|User Info||Jail. Now. Not Bailouts; entered at 2017-07-14 15:24:12|
The comment about Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement rates has some merit. I believe that all health care "prices" should evolve based solely on normal market forces - supply/demand, level of quality, reputation etc. Most health care professionals and knowledgeable observers believe that the government-set rates for the two welfare programs in many cases do not cover the applicable costs of service delivery (particularly Medicaid). Thus, we first have to get the government to admit to creating the "whack-a-mole" environment pursuant to which it allows the craven pricing of services to the non-indigent, non-elderly citizenry. For example, EMTALA needs to be immediately revoked. Indigent care provided by hospitals should then be billed to the appropriate governmental agency at a fairly derived "cost". No more non-publicized BS State or Federal "rebates" to make up for all of the "free" care provided. Next, stop BS'ng the public on the true cost of the two welfare programs. Don't like the actual cost (plus a small profit margin)? Then ration both programs. Hard decisions need to be made but politicians will not make them under any circumstances.