@DustinB3403 said in Non-IT News Thread:
@Dashrender well we know healthcare isn't an open market since this price lists have been hidden away in this ledger for who knows how long.
And people who don't have insurance are actually charged these rates. Where as those who do have insurance get some massive discount.
The issue stems from there not being any pricing controls for healthcare. They can charge whatever the hell they want because they've been allowed too. The pharma industry is trying to follow suit with this practice as well with their bout of price-jacking.
This is almost entirely, if not entirely people's own fault. They allowed it to happen. They allowed themselves to get treatment for non imminent things having no clue what the costs were/are.
I may or may not have an issue with the actual cost of these things each on their own.
As for insurance or non insurance costs - sure, that fake made up giant number is just that. Non insurance people rarely actually pay that number. They normally get some huge cash discount number - sure, it might take some time to get there, but frequently, in light of getting nothing and sending the patient to collections, they reduce it in the hopes of getting something instead of nothing.