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    AXIOS email:

    "1 big thing: Hospitals v. their patients

    Rising deductibles and out-of-pocket costs are increasingly leaving patients responsible for steep medical bills, Axios Vitals found in a joint investigation with Johns Hopkins University.


    • Stephen Swett, a 44-year old truck driver, went to the emergency room at Westchester Medical Center in New York in 2018, seeking help for withdrawal from Suboxone, which treats opioid addiction.
    • He says the hospital didn't do anything: He just sat on a gurney, then was discharged. But last June 28 months later the hospital filed a court summons in an effort to collect $2,539.43 it said he owed.


    Among our findings:


    • Medical debt comprises 58% of all debt collections in the U.S. and has caused hundreds of thousands of Americans to file for bankruptcy.
    • Some hospitals turn to liens instead of lawsuits. Liens can allow hospitals to claim a portion of a personal-injury settlement and can catch patients off-guard.
    • From 2018 to mid-2020, the period covered by our study, just 10 hospitals were responsible for 97% of court actions against patients. The two leaders were VCU Medical Center in Richmond and University Hospital in Charlottesville, Va., both of which stopped suing patients in 2020.


    Most top hospitals charge a more than 5x markup, Axios health care editor Tina Reed writes.


    • Some of the hospitals with the highest revenue also have some of the highest prices, charging an average of 10 times more than the actual cost of the care they deliver.
    • Of the top 100 largest hospitals in the U.S., 57 were charging more than five times the average cost of the care they provided.
    • Hospitals said few ever pay the actual price it's a tactic to negotiate with insurers. But the prices can be used for uninsured patients. And a 2017 study showed that each additional dollar of list price results in 1520 cents more revenue for the hospital, incentivizing higher markups."


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    As with EVERY area of American "civilization", the corruption of money is total in health care

    Donations by hospitals and their employees heavily favor Biden, Democrats

    https://www.hfma.org/topics/news/202...r-biden--.html

    The Dem establishment is bribed to protect the health care industry from regulations, from regulated drug prices, from Medicare for All

    nearly 80% of Dems want Medicare for All

    over 50% of Repugs do

    What citizens want is ignored.

    BigDonor bribing, aka Capitalism, is what decides how USA is governed, and USA is governed/rigged to enrich Capitalism, while non-Capitalists are ignored, gouged, impoverished, and totally ed for profit.


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    As with EVERY area of American "civilization", the corruption of money is total in health care

    Donations by hospitals and their employees heavily favor Biden, Democrats

    https://www.hfma.org/topics/news/202...r-biden--.html

    The Dem establishment is bribed to protect the health care industry from regulations, from regulated drug prices, from Medicare for All

    nearly 80% of Dems want Medicare for All

    over 50% of Repugs do

    What citizens want is ignored.

    BigDonor bribing, aka Capitalism, is what decides how USA is governed, and USA is governed/rigged to enrich Capitalism, while non-Capitalists are ignored, gouged, impoverished, and totally ed for profit.


    You're not wrong. We will limp along putting up with the problem, until???

    The government and the fascist party are completely captured by big money.

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