Francis (neonchameleon) wrote,

Yet more healthcare blogging

I was putting together another post on healthcare and costing - and somehow it morphed into three posts - one with some of the underlying data, one with what I intended to write about and made shorter and punchier, and one I think might be very important to a lot of people.

The one I intended to write was how cost effective the NHS is compared to the American model (we pay less in taxes for healthcare than Americans do).
The important one is PSA: Always haggle over hospital bills in America. The numbers are pretty stark. Hospitals expect to only be paid just over a quarter of the amount they charge. And this overcharging of course affects those with the least specialist knowledge of the field - in other words those who aren't paying insurance companies a large amount of money. In other words those who are most vulnerable.
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