Examples of excessive prices
"And a simple $25 surgery developed by a Nepali ophthalmologist, Dr. Sanduk Ruit, lets people suffering from cataracts see again."
In related good news, American doctors performing the same cataract procedure charge $3,542 for the same exact procedure, a 14,000% mark-up over the rate in Nepal.
In 2015, the average cost of cataract surgery performed in the United States for someone without Medicare or private health insurance was $3,542 per eye.
Downtown Verona, NJ
Physicians now have the prestige of used-car salesmen?
About 5 years ago I came down with pancreatis while vacationing in Paris. I was hospitalized for 2 weeks given many tests and complicated procedures and billed $23,000.00 for my stay. My insurance picked up the entire bill. After returning to the states I suffered a relapse and was admitted to New York Weill Cornell, probably the best hospital in New York. I was there almost 1 month and received the same type of care I received in Paris. The bill, around $500,000.00.” NYT, Sep 21 2014 Richard Cohen New York , United States
I went to the emergency room this year and got a cat scan and saw a P.A. instead of a doctor. I was there two hours and told to take ibuprofen for my pain. I got the Bill they sent to Blue Cross. $13,000.00 THIRTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS! and did not see a real doctor. or get a prescription or injection. --- That is a problem. Thirteen grand for this???
NYT 7-4-2015. Salb. Detroit
If you were really indigent with nothing, then the law would usually require them to treat you for free. Otherwise they will try to collect, even to the extent of seizing your assets in some states - In some states, they can put a lean against your property. In this latter regard, the good news is that you don't own the property that you live on (I'd previously thought that you did). If they can though, they will still try to take whatever liquid or material assets that you might have.