Pages

Jump to bottom

5 comments

1 sagehen  Tue, Feb 12, 2013 7:10:28pm

I’m with the hospitals who couldn’t provide an estimate — until they’ve examined the patient and looked at her records, how the hell are they supposed to even guess how long the operation will take, how much staff will be involved, what materials they’ll need, how long she’ll be hospitalized and how much physical therapy and other after-care she’ll need?

2 EiMitch  Tue, Feb 12, 2013 7:42:13pm

re: #1 sagehen

Well, duh. Of course surgery is too complicated to give an accurate price over the phone. But I thought that was the reason they were called “estimates.”

IMO, an estimated price range shouldn’t be too much to ask.

Besides, we’ve got a problem with healthcare costs. What costs what and where is at least a piece of the puzzle, is it not?

3 Vicious Babushka  Wed, Feb 13, 2013 6:09:50am

62-year-old needs a hip replacement?

Oh wait, fictitious granny.

4 Skip Intro  Wed, Feb 13, 2013 9:10:57am

re: #1 sagehen

I’m with the hospitals who couldn’t provide an estimate — until they’ve examined the patient and looked at her records, how the hell are they supposed to even guess how long the operation will take, how much staff will be involved, what materials they’ll need, how long she’ll be hospitalized and how much physical therapy and other after-care she’ll need?

A major part of the GOP “healthcare” plan is the idea that by replacing Medicare with vouchers, consumers will be encouraged to shop around for the best deal for elective surgery. This study shows that’s bullshit.

It won’t stop the GOP from claiming this is the solution to the high cost of healthcare, though.

5 lawhawk  Wed, Feb 13, 2013 11:18:31am

Look, there are procedures that are carried out at hospitals all the time, but trying to find out what the average cost is like going to a tarot card reader.

Want to know what a standard ob/gyn birth is? Good luck. The prices can be all over the map, even within the same geographical region and among hospitals with similar reputations.

Transparency in costs is something that will facilitate more cost controls than anything else. Insurance companies have started with this; Aetna lets you search average costs for procedures. It’s a rough guide, but it’s better than nothing at all.

I get that a given procedure could cost more or less than the average stated by a given hospital, but the hospitals have done enough of the procedures to know what an average stay, average medical costs, and average surgical times are for a given procedure.

Opening up this basic knowledge should have significant cost-cutting consequences because people would begin to realize that they’d get similar levels (or same level considering that some docs have privileges at nearby facilities) of care for much less. Since the hospitals need to maintain a certain occupancy level to justify beds, they should hopefully seek to reduce the costs accordingly to remain competitive.


This page has been archived.
Comments are closed.

Jump to top

Create a PageThis is the LGF Pages posting bookmarklet. To use it, drag this button to your browser's bookmark bar, and title it 'LGF Pages' (or whatever you like). Then browse to a site you want to post, select some text on the page to use for a quote, click the bookmarklet, and the Pages posting window will appear with the title, text, and any embedded video or audio files already filled in, ready to go.
Or... you can just click this button to open the Pages posting window right away.
Last updated: 2016-01-01 10:29 am PST
LGF User's Guide RSS Feeds

Help support Little Green Footballs!

Subscribe now for ad-free access!Register and sign in to a free LGF account before subscribing, and your ad-free access will be automatically enabled.

Recent PagesClick to refresh
Cable Lobby Set-Top Offer: No DVR Requirement, No More Compromises The NCTA said customers won't have to pay extra for using third-party apps and boxes but left the door open for other methods of jacking up customers' prices. The cable lobby proposal would require pay-TV companies with at least ...
Thanos
1 minute ago
Views: 16 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Wildfire Forces Evacuations Near Carmel, Burns More Than 10,000 Acres Big Sur - The Soberanes Fire is burning out of control south of Carmel and Point Lobos, forcing evacuations in Carmel Highlands and the Palo Colorado Canyon area. The wildland fire had consumed more than 10,000 acres by Sunday ...
Thanos
3 hours, 48 minutes ago
Views: 79 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Analysis: Russia Stays, and Clean Athletes Scratch Heads If this turns out to be Thomas Bach's defining moment, here's what the leader of the International Olympic Committee will be remembered for: keeping Russia as part of the club, but losing the trust of thousands of athletes who ...
Thanos
3 hours, 50 minutes ago
Views: 77 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Suicide Squad Official Comic-Con Trailer (2016) - Margot Robbie Movie Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Jared LetoSuicide Squad Official Comic-Con Trailer (2016) - Margot Robbie Movie A secret government agency recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency. Subscribe to TRAILERS: bit.lySubscribe to ...
Thanos
7 hours, 47 minutes ago
Views: 96 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 2 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Justice League Official Comic-Con Trailer (2017) - Ben Affleck Movie Starring: Gal Gadot, Jared Leto, Henry CavillJustice League Official Comic-Con Trailer (2017) - Ben Affleck Movie Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana ...
Thanos
7 hours, 53 minutes ago
Views: 103 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
First Look - Test Flight of Star Trek’s U.S.S. Discovery Revealed at Comic-Con 2016 by Executive Producer Bryan Fuller. Get a sneak peek of the newest ship in the "Star Trek" universe. Star Trek: Discovery premieres January 2017 on the CBS Television Network with the premiere and all subsequent ...
Thanos
7 hours, 57 minutes ago
Views: 113 • Comments: 1 • Rating: 2
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
WikiLeaks Just Published Tons of Credit Card and Social Security NumbersSo, this is a thing: The organization has also used that tradition of transparency for less just causes, like today when the site published 19,252 emails from top US Democratic National Committee members, many of which included personal information about ...
jhncsy
9 hours, 51 minutes ago
Views: 122 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Enterprise Pitch for Cisco Ericsson Partnership After seven months of near silence, Cisco and Ericsson executives publicly discussed details on their extensive partnership. Among the tidbits shared by Martin Zander, VP, group strategy programs, Ericsson, and Doug Webster, VP service provider marketing, Cisco: The partnership ...
Thanos
23 hours, 32 minutes ago
Views: 142 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 3 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
WONDER WOMAN Comic-Con Trailer Her Fight Is Ours. WATCH the official Comic-Con trailer for #WonderWoman, starring Gal Gadot!--Gal Gadot stars in WONDER WOMAN - in theaters June 2, 2017.Follow #WonderWoman on social media:Facebook: facebook.comTwitter: twitter.comInstagram: instagram.com--WONDER WOMANFrom Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment ...
Thanos
1 day, 4 hours ago
Views: 182 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Dem Suggests Race Factored Into Obama Senate Endorsement Democrats should not be making assumptions about identity politics, this year or any other year. But Sanchez on Friday said race may have had something to do with the endorsement. "I think they have, what he said they have, ...
Thanos
1 day, 5 hours ago
Views: 217 • Comments: 3 • Rating: 3
Tweets: 2 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0